Shedd Aquarium Shark Week: just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water

Shedd Aquarium Shark Week: just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water

The Shedd Aquarium is presenting a week that visitors can sink their teeth into. It seems that sharks are getting a bad rap. It started with Jaws and it continues today.

The Shedd is out to change people's perceptions on this misunderstood species.

For example, did you know you’re more likely to be struck by lightning or killed by a tornado than bit by a shark? You can learn even more now through Saturday at daily at the Shedd's "Shark Chats" at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. in Wild Reef.

In addition to busting some of these shark myths, guests will be able to get up close and personal with the six species of sharks lurking in the dark waters of the Reef.

Zebra Shark. Photo credit: © Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Zebra Shark. Photo credit: © Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Visitors can also catch one of the juvenile zebra sharks residing in Stingray Touch, go behind-the-scenes with a Shark Feeding Tour and become a shark parent by "adopting a shark" with the Shedd’s new Adopt-a-Shark program.

The go behind-the-scenes feeding tour is available for an extra fee. The 60-minute exploration for ages 10 and older (and over 55" tall) follows the Shedd's animal care experts as they feed the sharks. Each tour is limited to 10 individuals. Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a paid adult.  The tours will take place Saturdays and Sundays at 9:45 a.m.  The cost per adult is $89.95 ($54 member) and $80.95 for children (ages 10-11). The fee includes express entry, access to all exhibits and tickets to 
the next available aquatic show.

Around town, those 21 and up can sip on shark-themed cocktails with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the Shedd. Raise your glass to our Chicago sharks at the following spots:

  • Old Town Pour House – 1419 N Wells St.
  • Oakbrook Pour House – 8 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook
  • Sweetwater Tavern and Grille – 225 N Michigan Ave
  • The Boundary Tavern and Grille – 1932 W Division
  • Howells & Hood – 435 N Michigan Ave

For more information, visit the Shedd Aquarium website.

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