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Shedd Aquarium Reopening Next Week As State Loosens Coronavirus Safety Restrictions

The aquarium will reopen for members Jan. 27 and will open to the general public Jan. 30. It had been closed since Nov. 17 due to the pandemic.

Pacific white-sided dolphin Katrl had a calf at the Shedd Aquarium.
Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez
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CHICAGO — Shedd Aquarium plans to reopen next week.

The aquarium will reopen for members Jan. 27 and will open to the general public Jan. 30, according to a Shedd news release.

The aquarium voluntarily closed in mid-November, when a second wave of coronavirus was sweeping through the city. Days later, on Nov. 20, the state imposed Tier 3 mitigations on Chicago — and all other parts of Illinois — meaning museums and cultural institutions like the aquarium weren’t allowed to have visitors.

But the state moved Chicago into Tier 2 mitigations Monday, allowing the Shedd to reopen.

Tickets are required and must be bought in advance. Members can buy tickets starting noon Thursday. The general public can buy tickets starting noon Saturday.

The aquarium will have the same “stringent healthy and safety protocols” it had over the summer to protect visitors’ safety, according to the Shedd. That includes requiring visitors to wear masks, requiring people to buy tickets in advance and limiting how many people can visit at once.

People who do not wish to visit in person can instead take part in online programs, like virtual animal encounters.

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