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Shedd Aquarium centennial upgrades rendering Chicago

Shedd Aquarium Plans Upgrades for Upcoming 100th Anniversary

Shedd Aquarium on Chicago’s Near South Side unveiled a new, comprehensive strategic vision leading to the organization’s 100th anniversary in 2030. The aquarium’s Centennial Commitment will require eight years and $500 million to accomplish.  

“The Centennial Commitment is our pledge to do the work that is necessary now, to ensure the next 100 years includes a world thriving with aquatic life that is sustained by people who love, understand and protect it,” said Dr. Bridget C. Coughlin, President and CEO of Shedd Aquarium. 

More than half the $500-million investment will power the programs and partnerships needed to achieve Shedd’s Centennial Commitment’s aspirations. The remaining investment will focus on needed physical improvements to the historic Beaux-Arts-style building that that will modernize the aquarium galleries and experience, enable greater accessibility, enhance animal habitats, restore architectural features and create more unobstructed public access to the building’s original exterior promenade and garden spaces.


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