Shedd Aquarium: R.I.P. Fantasea
Today a rep from the Shedd Aquarium e-mailed to tell me Fantasea, the aquarium's much-ballyhooed aquatic show, has come to a close. In 2009, the aquarium worked long and hard to perfect the show, touting it as a Broadway-esque alternative to bland, informational marine-mammal shows.
However, we're not too surprised Fantasea got the axe. "The garishly colored, syrupy sweet Fantasea is less sea, more Fanta," quoth our 2009 review, which chided the show for its lack of educational content. Dozens of level-headed blog comments followed, agreeing with our critique. (FYI, when we changed blog software a few months ago, we were forced to delete archived comments, so none are posted here.) To give Fantasea some credit, Trib critic Chris Jones raved over the "splashy" infotainment.
In lieu of Fantasea, the aquarium is offering "multi-species aquatic shows," viewable throughout the day.
Now for some better news: The Shedd's "Jellies" exhibit features rotating displays of animals. (Some live only a month or thrive seasonally, so other species are rotated in their place.) The newest species, the mesmerizing Flower Hat jellies and Egg Yolk jellies, were transitioned in this week. Worth a visit! If you go, let us know what you think of the new multi-species show.