Peering into individual microcosms of each tank, guests of the Shedd Aquarium are greeted by an array of colors, shapes, sizes, and eyes gazing back at them! There are more than 32,000 different animals that live at the aquarium, which are loved and cared for by a tremendously dedicated staff. I overheard an employee referring to the beluga whales as “my little sweethearts”, while talking to another employee about how much they were looking forward to getting into the water with them. The sincerity and dedication shown by the staff are one of many things that inspire me to make the 4 hours journey from Michigan to Chicago, IL at least once a year. Here are a few more photos from my latest visit to the Shedd. You can see some photos of the breathtaking building itself here.