Shedd Aquarium - Sharks

Sharks. They're not cute. They're not cuddly. And yet they're amazing, fascinating creatures. Shark Week begins Sunday, July 5, on the Discovery Channel, and while watching these fin-tastic fish on TV is cool, seeing them in person is incredible. Did you know that Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care and conservation, is also home to 11 different species of sharks? Here are seven ways to celebrate Shark Week at the Shedd Aquarium.


Ask a shark expert everything you've ever wanted to know about sharks on a #SharksAtShedd expert Twitter chat

One of Shedd's very own shark experts, Lise Watson, Wild Reef collection manager, will answer all your burning questions about sharks during the #SharksAtShedd Twitter chat. Simply log onto Twitter and use the hashtag #SharksAtShedd to get all the shark answers you're hunting for on Monday, July 6 from 1-2 p.m.

Enter the SharkFINatics contest

Shedd Aquarium - Sharks

Are you a shark FINatic? Prove it! Post on social media to @Shedd_Aquarium using #SharkFinatics and show how you appreciate sharks. Maybe you have met a shark in the wild, or maybe you love to pretend you're the friendly shark in your local swimming pool. The biggest shark fan will win two complimentary passes to swim on over to Shedd for a day and also receive tickets to Shedd's Shark Feeding Tour: Behind the Scenes in Wild Reef! The contest runs from July 5 though July 11, 2015.

Learn what kind of shark you are

Shedd Aquarium - Sharks

Are you a friendly zebra shark (above) or a roving blacktip reef shark? Find out when you take Shedd's What Kind of Shark Are You interactive quiz.

Set off on a shark feeding tour

Shedd Aquarium - Sharks

Shedd's Wild Reef hosts a 60-minute exploration tour: you'll learn what's on the menu for the sharks and rays and follow animal care experts as they feed the sharks. Tours are limited to 10 individuals and all participants must be at least 10 years old. Saturdays and Sundays at 9:45 a.m. $89.95 for adults ($54 per member); $80.95 for children (ages 10-11); includes express entry, access to all exhibits and tickets to the next available aquatic show.

If you're a high school student, join the shark focused Teen Learning Lab

Teens can check out the Teen Learning Lab where Shedd staff mentors with expertise in shark studies and care will engage with teens about various topics, including shark anatomy, animal training and care, and population research. The Lab is free for high school students. July 7-9, 2015 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.


Become a Shedd member and take part in the exclusive Shark Week Experience

Shedd Aquarium - Sharks

Shedd members can enjoy an exclusive members-only chat to learn all about Shedd's sharks! Members will receive early access to Wild Reef on Monday, July 6 and Wednesday, July 8 at 8:30 a.m. to learn more about the exhibit and the six species of sharks that call Wild Reef home.


Enjoying an evening of live jazz, cocktails and ... sharks 

The Shedd's seasonal Wednesday night soiree, Jazzin' at the Shedd, tunes into sharks on Wednesday, July 15, with a Jazzin' Science Pub led by Dr. Phil Willink as he answers the question: are there sharks in Lake Michigan? Don't miss the Navy Pier's fireworks show beginning at 9:30 p.m. - the view from the Shedd is outstanding. 
Wednesday, July 15, 5 - 10 p.m. 
$18 per person
Performing: Petra van Nuis, Marqueal Jordan Trio, UroSoule featuring Agnieszka Iwanska

Photos Courtesy of Shedd Aquarium