If you are planning to take a trip to Chicago this summer, one are you are sure to spend time around is Lake Shore Drive, which runs along the waterfront of Lake Michigan – and as you spend time on Lake Shore Drive, you will probably end up visiting the city’s museum district. When you are in the museum district, make sure you budget in some time to spend at Shedd Aquarium, which is one of the most popular (and most highly-regarded) aquariums in the world!If you want to get the full effect of the aquarium, you need to make sure you budget a minimum of a half day, and if you have children, you might want to have a little more time than this, as they are likely going to want to linger in a number of different areas. Shedd Aquarium has a wonderful program and map that you can pick up at the front desk when you visit, which lists all the different areas of the aquarium as well as all the “talks” you can plan to attend during your time at the aquarium. The experts who conduct the “talks” at Shedd Aquarium are a treasure trove of knowledge, and not only will you learn a lot by listening to them, but you are sure to also come up with plenty of questions – all of which the expert is sure to be able to answer! In addition to the main reef tank in the center of the aquarium that is full of all sorts of awesome fish, Shedd Aquarium has a world-renowned shark display, several beautiful beluga whales, and a great collection of dolphins (the latter two of whom you can see from both above the water and from a glass front under the water!). Shedd Aquarium is sure to give you everything you could want in an aquarium if you are an aquarium lover; but even if you are not an aquarium lover, you will certainly have a great time visiting Shedd and seeing all the beautiful animals.