The Museum Campus is another beautiful Chicago park that includes three excellent museums: The Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium. Also, parts of the Museum Campus provide some of the best views of the city skyline (Please make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see them).
Opened in 1930, the Shedd Aquarium (pictured at the top of the page) today is one of the largest aquariums in the world and is built in an area that was once well under Lake Michigan. The aquarium is named after John G. Shedd who was the second president of Marshall Fields and who donated $3 million to get the project started. Today the aquarium has a dolphin show in a beautiful
amphitheater overlooking the lake, an area on Amazon aquatic life, a round tank providing a 360 degree view on a coral reef ecosystem, an aquarium that includes
coastal aquatic life, and a polar play place for kids. Among the animals you can see at the Shedd Aquarium include but are not limited to the following: blacktip reef sharks, beluga whales, sea otters, dragon moray eels, giant Pacific octopi, green sea turtles, Pacific white-sided dolphins, penguins, piranhas, and sea lions.
To learn more on the Shedd Aquarium, you can visit its website here.
Just east of the Shedd Aquarium in the Museum Campus is the Adler Planetarium. Completed in 1930, the Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. Today the Adler Planetarium has a variety of exhibits (including a "Galaxy Wall" that is more than 140 feet across and uses more than 400,000 images to allow the visitor to explore the Milky Way), shows, and special events and activities. To view more on the Adler Planetarium, you can visit its site here. One of the nice things about the site is that it gives opportunities for visitors to become "Citizen Scientists" and help scientists with their research from home.
Located west of the Shedd Aquarium is the Field Museum, a museum that focuses on natural and human history. Today it is probably most famous for Sue, the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil in the world, whose large skeleton greets visitors upon entering the museum. Today there are many permanent and special exhibits. To learn more, you can visit their website here.
Another great aspect of the Museum Campus is that this is where one can get the best views of the city skyline, especially by the Adler Planetarium. This is a wonderful place to watch a Chicago sunset and to see the city slowly light up.
To visit Northerly Island, which is just south of the Adler Planetarium, click here. To travel southwest to visit the Near South Side, which one can get a good look at from the Museum Campus and is pictured below, click here. To visit The Loop, which is northwest of the Museum Campus, click here. To continue exploring other parts of Chicago, click on one of the links below.