Right after my friends and I left Millennium Park, we walked along the marina to Shedd Aquarium. The city sure looked great at dusk. All those lights in the distance? That’s Navy Pier, which was our next and final destination for the day.
I bought a hot dog from a stand nearby. Later, I found out what a grave mistake that was from my Chicago friend who berated me for not going to Portillo’s. But whatever, I couldn’t tell. To me, a hot dog is a hot dog!
Finally arrived at the aquarium. Line was long, but worth the wait when tix were only $5 with student discount. 🙂
I thought this turtle’s hind legs were paralyzed because it was only swimming with its front flippers. You can see how it’s awkwardly tilted because of this handicap. I later found out indeed, the turtle was rescued.
I definitely found my favorite exhibit next. Check it:
As the lights in the tank changed color, the jellyfish’s color changed too. It was so cool and mesmerizing! I’d be thrilled to have a tank of these in my room…
Bonus: the entry tickets also came with access to a show.
I can honestly say that I’ve never seen beluga whales perform in a show, and this is coming from a girl who went to Sea World way too much as a kid. Overall, the show was OK – it wasn’t spectacular but it wasn’t bad either.
After the show, we could watch the animals in their tanks.
So cool to have seen this sea otter snack on a crab while I was there! Don’t be mistaken, it was swimming really quickly in all directions while eating, so I was lucky to get this single, clear shot of it.
We even had the opportunity to touch starfish!
Despite them looking soft and squishy (like Peach from Finding Nemo), they actually felt rough from their many little bumps and ridges. I could only withstand petting them for short periods of time because the water was icy cold!
One final round of fish-watching before the aquarium closed.
When I left, I was graced by this wonderful sunset:
Chicago is such a fun, vibrant city! There’s just so much to do and not enough time to do it all in one weekend. Originally, I didn’t think about applying to jobs here because it’s coooold and I’m a warm-weather girl. But this trip has changed my mind. I can see myself working and living in Chi-town after all! We’ll see…
(Special thanks to Liz for taking pictures of me!)
Thanks for reading!