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Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium


1200 South Lake Shore Drive


South Loop


Shedd Aquarium Society

Property manager

John G. Shedd Aquarium

Year Constructed

Original Aquarium: 1930; Abbott Oceanarium: 1991; Wild Reef: 2003


Original building: Graham, Anderson, Probst & White; Abbott Oceanarium: Lohan Associates (1991); Abbott Oceanarium re-imagined: V.D.T.A. (2009); Wild Reef: E.H.D.D.

Sq. Footage



4 levels

Building Description

Shedd Aquarium is one of oldest and most respected aquariums in North America. The Aquarium cares for more than 32,000 animals, and maintains the most diverse aquatic collection in the world, with more than 1,500 species. Shedd Aquarium is dedicated to conservation education, animal care, and conservation science and research. As Chicago’s top tourist attraction and the most attended US Aquarium in 2012, the Aquarium welcomes more than 2 million guests annually. Shedd Aquarium is an economic contributor and is the crown jewel of Chicago’s cultural attractions. From the design perspective, the Aquarium is designated a national landmark, and boasts many unique architectural features, including the Georgia marble clad exterior and rare Tiffany fixtures.

Year Joined the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge

March 2013