After our morning visit to the Field Museum, Kat and I walked across to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. Named for another retailer benefactor, John Shedd, the aquarium was opened in 1930. As the museum is an inland aquarium, despite the huge Lake Michigan appearing as vast as an ocean, a custom railroad car called the Nautilus was used until 1959 to transport sea creatures and water to the aquarium. And I can’t imagine this Nautilus train car without getting a sort of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vibe.
The line to get in the museum was ridiculous, but it gave us plenty of time to marvel at the details of the entrance hall. Turtles and shells were inlaid on the ceiling and hanging down were nautical themed lamps and octopi clutching lights. Of course, the octopus lamps were my favorites.
Once inside, we began to explore the aquarium and found the adorable belugas. We happened to get there just when the trainers were starting their demonstrations, which included one beluga giving his trainer a hug. My heart still hasn’t recovered.
The aquariums current featured “exhibit” (it feels weird to say that for living things) was Jellies, which, as you may guess, meant many beautiful jellyfish. They were floating in colorful tanks, oblivious to the screeches of children around them and their pudgy fingers smearing over the glass. Ah, to be a jellyfish… You can fantasize about jellyfish reincarnation below with some more photos:
Now imagine you are 95% water and riding the currents of the ocean, riding with no cares about where you are going, stinging all those in your way…