Soundings | Museum Campus | American, Contemporary/Regional | Restaurant
Shedd Aquarium food court featuring sustainable seafood.

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Before the daily lunch rush, Soundings is a near-silent retreat from the shrieking masses of schoolchildren that swarm around the Shedd Aquarium. Early arrivals are also treated to a seat by the windows overlooking the lake. Appetizers include Asian chicken salad (with cabbage, radicchio, red peppers, water chestnuts, sesame dressing), bruschetta, and roasted duck quesadillas. A note on the menu declares that all seafood served comes from a sustainable source, but if you’re not the meet-it-before-you-eat-it type, you might forgo the tilapia served over risotto in favor of the butternut squash ravioli with sage cream sauce. The kids’ menu includes fish sticks and grilled cheese and peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. Arrive after the downstairs food court fills up, when desperate parents and their offspring start filtering in, and expect Soundings to be as noisy as the rest of the aquarium. Still, waitstaff do their best to keep kids happy with coloring books, crayons, and goldfish crackers.

Anne Ford

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