Shedd Aquarium

It’s our first day here in Chicago and weather’s great!  For days it’s been extremely hot both in Kansas City and Chicago (I’ve been constantly checking its weather ever since we booked our flights) so I was really thankful that the weather’s pleasant during our trip. Since my appointment with the Philippine Consulate wasn’t until 3:00 pm, we  gratefully accepted Corey’s offer to show us around and give us a ride in his awesome car, a Mercedes-Benz Sports car!

Our first stop was at the Chicago’s Famous Museum Campus, a lakefront park and home to the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History.  There is obviously not enough time for us to visit all three museums so I picked the Shedd Aquarium for us to check-out.
While waiting in line to get our Aquarium tickets, I thought I’d give Chicago Style hotdogs a try but after seeing what’s on it (yellow mustard, chopped white onions, sweet pickle relish, dill pickle spear, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt) I changed my mind and chose a plain hotdog instead.

The Aquarium had several on-going exhibits during our visit. I was thrilled to know that one of them was the Wild Reef Exhibit which featured the Philippine coral reefs based on the Apo Island Marine reserve. I once again felt proud of the beauty of the Philippines!

 I also liked the Jellies Exhibit.  Jellies are so peaceful to look at.  They mesmerized me with the graceful movement of their tentacles. 

I love nature and I really enjoyed looking at and taking photos of the Shedd’s collection of aquatic animals. The Spider Crab was the one that really caught my attention. I have never seen such kind of crab. The Goliath Bird-eating Tarantula was also an eye-catcher. Creepy creatures. Tashi told me that if he ever sees one in our house we’d have to move! (And I was going to tell him I want one for a pet).

Before heading back to the car we took a short walk by the Lake Michigan. I was reminded of both Subic and Manila Bays, two of the most scenic bodies of water in the Philippines. I was just in the Philippines last April and Manila Bay was one of the places we checked-out.  I must say that it has improved a lot. The place is cleaner and more tourist friendly and still a good place to catch a glimpse of the sunset.

For additional photos, please browse my Shedd Aquarium album in Facebook.

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