CHICAGO (CBS) – The Shedd Aquarium has its eyes set on the future. A $500 million dollar renovation is planned as the world’s third largest aquarium in the world will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2030.
It’s called a centennial bond. Shardaa Gray from CBS 2 takes a look inside.
An experience of learning and growing at the Shedd Aquarium is about to expand even more.
“It comes from that structural column all the way through this structural column.”
Part of the blueprint includes a 35-meter aquarium tunnel meant to make you feel like you’re under the sea.
“It’s an investment for our aquatic life. It’s an investment for Chicago communities and animals everywhere.”
Dr. Bridget Coughlin, president and CEO of the Shedd, expects the transformation to create 2,000 jobs and lead to more than $340 million in economic activity during construction.
“The economic and social impact of the Chicago investment will help communities not just here locally, but in the wider Chicago area,” Coughlin said.
Outside the building, transformed spaces will provide visitors with views of land and water and learn more about nature.
“We’re going to invite guests to participate through a play landscape, learning how to grow vegetables, for example for our beloved sea turtle Nickle,” Coughlin said.
The overall plan, including building renovations, new educational programs and other efforts, is expected to be completed by 2030, just in time for the Shedd Aquarium’s 100th anniversary.
The Caribbean Reef is one of the galleries to be built in phases over the first four years. Over the next four years, you’ll see new programs at both the Shedd Aquarium and the community.
Construction is expected to start next fall and is expected to be completed in 2026.