Chicago’s Beloved Shedd Aquarium Has Closed Until 2021 Amid COVID Wave

Many virtual animal encounters, live cams, and "field trips" will still be possible.

Elliot McGowan Elliot McGowan

Chicago’s Beloved Shedd Aquarium Has Closed Until 2021 Amid COVID Wave

The aquarium closes its doors for 2020 and now offers virtual encounters.

Tuesday, November 17 marks the last time Shedd Aquarium opened its doors to visitors in the year 2020. Due to the city and statewide COVID-19 mitigation effort, Shedd Aquarium has decided to voluntarily close to the public from Wednesday, November 18. The much-loved aquarium plans to re-open its doors at the beginning of January provided the situation has improved and the safety of people, animals, and the community can be ensured.

The Shedd Aquarium will instead offer digital programs for the next six weeks with the aim of making sure visitors can still learn and interact with the animals of the aquarium. Live online adventures such as close-up animal encounters and virtual slumber party events can be enjoyed via the Shedd Aquarium’s website. There are also several free episodes and activities available to keep kids entertained as well as live cameras.

Essential staff at the Shedd Aquarium will continue to care for the 32,000 animals and maintain the facility, while many of the employees will work from home if at all possible.ย  Aquarium regulars can support the Shedd Aquarium by donating or even adopting an animal.

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