Shedd Aquarium is more than exhibits. It is reaching out to young people throughout the Chicago area with educational efforts such as its mentoring program. Staff mentors help provide students with opportunities to stretch their intellects and become leaders in science, education and conservation.
Shedd Aquarium provides a measurable service to the community. In 1999, for the fourth consecutive year, Shedd enjoyed the highest attendance among Chicago's ticketed cultural institutions, attracting nearly 2 million appreciative visitors each year. Many things have changed in the more than seven decades of fishkeeping at Shedd Aquarium. But our charge to protect and conserve aquatic life has never been more resolute or more important. The staff and trustees of Shedd Aquarium are more committed than ever to providing the world with an awe-inspiring site to publicly display an vast variety of aquatic life, and to develop people's understanding of our relationship to and dependence upon aquatic life and its environments. Habitat displays like those in the Oceanarium reflect this commitment, as do the extensive research and the latest exhibit-building techniques applied in the effort to accurately portray aquatic environments, for the benefit of people and animals alike.
Shedd Aquarium is the World's Aquarium. Opened in 1929, it is one of the oldest public aquariums in the world. Shedd has a rich history. Its history spans decades, and it was created by people like you, who continue to drive World's aquarium into the 21st century.