Shark Week at the Shedd Aquarium

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Deep in the waters of the earth’s massive oceans, more than 300 species of sharks live in a shroud of mystery and myth. From coral reefs in the Indian Ocean to Caribbean Sea, sharks hunt their prey, scavenge for food, and stealthily roam the waters enjoying their status at the top of the ocean’s natural food chain. However, there’s a lot about sharks that you may not know. According to the experts at the Shedd Aquarium, there are a lot of misconceptions out there surrounding these feared creatures. That’s why—just in time for the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week—the Shedd Aquarium is hosting the Shark Week “Shedd-ule” of Events. In fact, the Shedd Aquarium’s events are already underway. On July 5th, Shedd launched Shark Feeding Tour: Behind the Scenes in Wild Reef. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, embark on a 60-minute guided exploration to discover exactly … [Read more...]

Chicago Aquariums and Zoos Discounts

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Chicago might not be known for its wildlife (unless you count the locals), but that doesn't mean that you won’t be able to get your animal fix during your visit to the Windy City. There are plenty great Chicago Aquariums and Zoos Discounts that you and your family can use if you want to walk on the wild side during your next visit to the Second City. One of the places you will definitely want to visit is the Brookfield Zoo. The zoo is currently offering a seasonal attraction, Dinosaurs Alive, which has been turning the place into a real “Jurassic Park” for years! Visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to take a stroll on a wooded trail and check out 24 life-like animatronic prehistoric creatures including a Triceratops and a Shantungosaurus. Guests will also have the chance get up to speed about the most recent paleontological findings at the Feathers and Fossils … [Read more...]

Top Chicago Sights and Attractions

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The diversity of Chicago attractions means that there’s something for everyone in this vast city where art, culture, history, entertainment, and education intersect. Some of the best museums in the world are located in Chicago, as well as some of the best parks and architectural feats. At Smart Destinations, we want you to enjoy your Chicago vacation to the fullest. That’s why we are doing our best to make sure you see the top Chicago sights and attractions while you’re in the Windy City. Take a look at the best of what’s around so you can decide where your Chicago vacation will take your family. Art Institute of Chicago Currently the nation’s second largest art museum, the Art Institute of Chicago encourages creativity in every form. From paintings by the old masters, like Seurat and Rembrandt, to the most modern innovations in architecture and design, the Art Institute … [Read more...]

Chicago Summer Attraction Deals

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Despite its nickname, summer in the Windy City can be really, really warm. Keep yourself feeling cool by scoring hot deals on some of the best attractions that Chicago has to offer and beat the heat in more ways than one. The Best of Chicago package saves you 41% on admission to Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, SkyDeck, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium & Art Institute! It’s often said that heat rises and there’s no better place to put theory to the test than at the SkyDeck on the top of Willis Tower. At 1,353 feet up, the SkyDeck offers its more than 1.3 million annual visitors the chance to take in views of the city that literally cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Brave visitors who want to test their mettle can take a leap - well actually step - of faith out onto The Ledge, a collection of retractable glass boxes comprised of three layers of … [Read more...]

Field Museum Discount Tickets

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Situated at 400 South Lake Shore Drive near Chicago Harbor, the Field Museum is the centerpiece of a lakefront Museum Campus that also is home to the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium. The campus’ three attractions are regarded as among the finest of their kind in the world and together they attract more annual visitors than any comparable site in Chicago. The Field Museum traces its roots all the way back to 1893 and is named after the Museum's first major benefactor, Marshall Field. Founded to house biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Field Museum’s collection has grown to more than 20 million specimens thanks to world-wide expeditions, exchanges, purchases and gifts. Containing specimens spanning the fields of anthropology, botany, geology and zoology, the Museum’s collection is widely respected both … [Read more...]

Things to do in Chicago 4th of July

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Although it might be known as the Second City, Chicago is certainly a first-rate place to spend the 4th of July. Known for hot dogs, deep-dish pizza and its loyal sports fans, there’s a lot more to do than simply getting great food and catching a ballgame. All of the great Chicago Attractions that the city has to offer are sure to keep you entertained on Independence Day. One of the city’s best attractions is the Shedd Aquarium. Shedd was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater collection and the millions of gallons of water that fill its tanks were shipped by rail from Florida. A national historic landmark, the Shedd Aquarium has been restored and updated many times since it first opened in 1930 and it continues to set new standards for the zoo and aquarium community. There are tons of cool exhibits to investigate including Waters of the World, Great Lakes, … [Read more...]

Shedd Aquarium Discount Tickets

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Experience an enchanting underwater world as you learn about conservation, animals, and their habitat at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago! Shedd Aquarium discounts are available through Smart Destinations' special discount attraction passes and packages! Come face-to-fins with some of the most beloved species – penguins, dolphins, otters, lizards, rays, and beyond – the Shedd Aquarium fascinates and enlightens all its visitors. Settled on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd serves as a gateway to an underwater world the likes of which you’ve never seen before. With more than 32,500 animals from 1,500 species, it's all possible at Shedd. Drop by and explore the many alluring exhibits - including: Aquatic Show: Beluga whales and dolphins join forces to dance and delight viewers in Shedd’s new aquatic show! Prepare to be dazzled by their natural talents and learned skills in the … [Read more...]

2012 Taste of Chicago Festival

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Summer is all about mouth-watering seasonal food and outdoor family fun. As usual, Chicago is turning up the heat with the Taste of Chicago, “A 4-Star Feastival of Food and Fun.” The famous Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival, held every year in Grant Park. For 5 days this July, Chicagoland will turn into a vibrant hot spot that's one of the best things to do in Chicago for foodies or fun-lovers. The 32-year-old festival, which averages more than 2.5 millions visitors annually, is a celebration of Chicago’s diverse culinary community—every year the tradition is spiced up with new and exciting elements. Admission to the 2012 Taste of Chicago, which takes place on July 11-15, from 11 am – 9 pm, is free to the public. Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 12 tickets for $8. Guests can expect to pay between 1-5 tickets for “taste of portions” at … [Read more...]

Step into Spring at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier

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This spring, Chicago’s Navy Pier welcomes back the annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show. What better way to say good-bye to winter and welcome in the sweet smells of spring than with a weeklong celebration of beautiful gardens and inspirational demonstrations? The show is the only consumer event of its kind in the Midwest and offers innovative and diverse ideas for green thumbs as well as beginner gardeners. This year the show’s theme is “Hort Couture,” reflecting the influence of fashion and design on gardening, floral arranging, and landscaping. When fashion and horticulture collide, the infusion of vibrant colors, rich textures, intricate patterns, and jaw-dropping beauty are inspirational and enjoyable for everyone. This year’s events will take place from March 10th through March 18th, so clear your calendars.   You’ll literally walk into spring as you … [Read more...]

The Amazing Life of Jellies at Shedd Aquarium

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It seems impossible that any animal could survive without blood, bones, or brains. Yet jellyfish have been gliding through the oceans for millions of years without any of these three “essentials.” In fact, the body of a jellyfish is 95% water! The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is now offering the opportunity to take a closer look at these fascinating creatures⎯for a limited time only⎯ in their newest exhibit: Jellies. Jellyfish are a mysterious creature and are difficult to study because of their fragility, varying sizes, and uneven distributions. This exhibit is an exclusive chance to learn about 11 different species of jellyfish, from the aptly named Umbrella Jelly to the vibrant Northeast Pacific Sea Nettle. You’ll discover wild facts about these incredible sea creatures. For instance, did you know that the smallest jellyfish could cuddle into a contact lens while the … [Read more...]