The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is one of the top aquariums in the country. It is located right next to Lake Michigan so it allows you to pretend you are near the ocean. There are tons of exhibits at the aquarium and you can easily spend half your day there. I really enjoyed watching the beluga whales and this was probably my favorite exhibit. The great lakes exhibit was really cool as well and I always appreciate when aquariums showcase the local residents. There is plenty to do for kids including the “polar play zone” which allows them to have a hands on experience. The food options are so-so but kid friendly. If you like aquariums, the Shedd Aquarium will not disappoint.