To clarify, we were already in line when I took this photo; the line not only stretched all the way from the center right of the photo to the center left of the photo, but also from the center left side of the photo to where I was standing. Furthermore, the Shedd has a lot of room inside their building for standing in line, so, the line is quite a bit longer than you can see in the photo.
After waiting in line for about half an hour, someone from the aquarium came along and told us that it would be about an hour and half wait from where we were in line. Since our friends had never been to the aquarium before, and I could get in free with three other people just for this month, we continued to wait in line. An hour later, people started coming out of the building saying the aquarium was at capacity and that they wouldn't be letting in any more people for a while. Since we were still a long ways from the front of the line, it was pointless to wait (the aquarium would be closed before we got to the front of the line). It was quite disappointing, especially since we had already been waiting in the cold for an hour and a half and were only about six feet from the tented area of the line on the stairs.
Upon leaving the aquarium and going out to eat, we went shopping to kill some time before our friend Kristen had to go to work. When we went to H&M, we were amused to discover that the mannequin in the children's section was taller than Kristen.
The line at H&M was incredibly long so I didn't bother to try on anything. When we went to Forever 21, I almost did the same thing but decided to suck it up and wait for the fitting room. I am glad I did because this dress (which I bought one size larger than pictured) was adorable and only $20. The straps of the dress are semi-sheer.
I also bought this fairly plain top from Forever 21 and an awesome chunky, multi-chain necklace from Aldo (that is apparently too new to be on their web-site).