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Underwater Beauty exhibit most diverse in Shedd Aquarium History

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago will host the Underwater Beauty exhibit.

The  John G. Shedd Aquarium boasts that the Underwater Beauty special exhibit that debuts May 25 will be the most diverse in its 88-year history, with thousands of animals from 100 species from lakes, rivers and oceans around the globe.

Visitors will be able to see reef fish, eels and sea jellies, among many other aquatic creatures, at the aquarium at 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive on Chicago's lakefront Museum Campus.

“Beauty in this exhibit is truly in the eye of the beholder, and guests will learn how the animals use their stunning and surprising adaptations and behaviors in ways you couldn’t even imagine,” said Mark Schick, director of Fishes Exhibit Development at Shedd Aquarium. “Underwater Beauty truly showcases the brilliance of biodiversity in our waterways, embracing beauty that comes in all different forms, shapes, sizes and colors.”

The massive exhibit will feature five distinct rooms focusing on different characteristics: Shimmer, Color, Patterns, Rhythm and Moves You, described as "a final room featuring ample seating and beautiful freshwater fish/plant life."

“Underwater Beauty is an evocative and immersive experience meant to astound the senses,” said Kris Nesbitt, senior director of Exhibits and Experience Development. “Everywhere guests look, there will be something new to appreciate. We hope guests leave the exhibit feeling inspired by the amazing beauty found underwater.”

The exhibit will run for a limited time.

Anyone who purchases a general admission ticket, even if it's discounted, will be able to get into Underway Beauty, which aims to promote the conservation of "beauty worth saving."

Tickets run from $39.95 for adults to $29.95 for children, and are half off for Chicago residents.

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