Vintage: Shedd Aquarium
In 1924, the Shedd Aquarium Society, led by Chicago millionaire John G. Shedd, asked the Chicago Park District for land at Roosevelt Road and the lakefront to build what would become the nation's largest aquarium and first permanent inland saltwater exhibit. The Shedd Aquarium was completed Dec. 19, 1929, and opened to the public May 30, 1930. Today, it is one of the city's most popular attractions.
The John G. Shedd Aquarium under construction on Aug. 22, 1928. Construction workers broke ground on Nov. 2, 1927, and the aquarium was completed on Dec. 21, 1929.