There's something almost hypnotic about watching the jellyfish
pulse and float in the exhibit tanks at Shedd Aquarium. For once,
my three kids weren't in a hurry to get to the next exhibit.
Instead, all four of us stood gazing at the translucent sea jellies
on display at the Shedd's new temporary exhibit.
The exhibit, which just opened last week, consists of more than
10 different kinds of jellies, including a kid favorite - the
upside-down jellies -plus plenty of other see-through creatures set
against brightly colored backgrounds.
The jellies are displayed along with interactive elements that
teach visitors about these fascinating creatures that survive
without brains, blood or bones. As the multi-hued jellies drifted
in the tanks, dragging their long tentacles behind them, almost
every visitor to the exhibit stopped and took photos and
And that may be the only drawback to the exhibit. Most of the
display tanks are fairly small, and people lingered at each one,
making it hard for kids to see what was going on unless they were
willing to wait patiently for their turn. We beat most of the crowd
by hitting the exhibit first thing after the aquarium opened - a
couple hours later when we were leaving, the exhibit was quite
A real plus for "Jellies" is that it transcends ages - even the
toddlers and preschoolers in the crowd were mesmerized by the
jellies, but no more so than all the adults who couldn't pull
themselves away from each tank. It's definitely worth the trip to
the Shedd for this exhibit.
"Jellies" runs at the Shedd through May 28. Tickets are $3
per person if added to the basic Shedd Pass, and are included in
the Shedd Pass Plus and Total Experience Pass tickets.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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