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Some new lakefront sculptures, Shedd's Trainer for a Day program, and Room 237


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Stephanie M. Hlywak, media director at the Poetry Foundation, flip(per)s for:

Shedd's Trainer for a Day program Lacking an ocean, Chicago seems an unlikely place to whale watch, let alone swim with or frolic with any giants of the sea. But thanks to the Shedd Aquarium's interactive programs, you needn't leave the landlocked midwest to get up close and personal with belugas, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions, and penguins. (Cue "squeeee!" now.) The Shedd's Trainer for a Day program lets you shadow a trainer as they go about their daily care and feeding of the resident marine mammals. Or you can strap on some rubber trousers, wade into the water, and pet a beluga. If your web-browsing history reveals frequent visits to the Daily Otter, or if you still know all the words to the children's song "Baby Beluga" (I plead the fifth on both accounts), this is just what you otter do.

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