| Jan 31, 2013
| 5:03 PM
The Shedd Aquarium reclaimed its attendance title among the nation’s major non-profit aquariums after trailing the relatively new Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta for the last five years.
Nearly 2.17 million people visited the Shedd in 2012, a 2 percent...
| Dec 25, 2012
On a recent fall day, Darlene Armstrong watched with wonder as the Shedd Aquarium's white-sided dolphins turned somersaults and splashed spectators.
The 17-year-old disabled girl's life had changed dramatically since she was rescued from her Chicago...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 7:00 PM
Michelle Larson's faculty page at Utah State University displays a picture of her cozying up to a bust of Albert Einstein. Lego Albert Einstein.
That combination, science with a populist face, is a pretty fair summation of what she'll have to bring...
| May 15, 2013
| 2:47 PM
The surprise isn't that the Shedd Aquarium now has an exhibit where visitors can touch stingrays as they glide by, but rather that the most popular aquarium in the U.S. hasn't had one before now.
Usually called something like Stingray Bay or Stingray...
| May 26, 2013
While Sam Spitz's friends were loading up on pizza for lunch, the Whitney Young High School sophomore opted for a chicken Caesar salad.
Spitz was in training for a big sophomore baseball season — after having pitched on the school's varsity team...
| Oct 2, 2012
9:00 a.m. - noon
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
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| Oct 23, 2012
| 1:46 PM
On Friday the Shedd Aquarium will debut the latest addition to its whale family: an eight-week-old female Beluga Whale.
Her mother, Mauyak, gave birth on Aug. 27 to the calf, then 4 feet, 6 inches long and weighing 130 pounds. The calf has grown about...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 1:49 PM
A power outage today temporarily shut down the Shedd Aquarium and caused its visitors to be evacuated, officials said.
The power at the Shedd Aquarium went out about 1:30 p.m., said Shedd spokeswoman Andrea Smalec. The facility was scheduled to reopen...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 6:23 PM
A beluga whale gave birth to a baby early this morning at the Shedd Aquarium, officials announced today.
Mauyak, who has given birth to two other calves at the aquarium, gave birth at 2 a.m. to a whale estimated at 150 pounds and 4-1/2 feet, according to...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 3:54 PM
The two Alaskan fishermen had stopped to examine a bald eagle when they noticed something sleek and gray in the Bristol Bay surf: a baby beluga whale in the shallows, faintly whistling and clicking.
The whale, already dehydrated and disoriented, soon...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.