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In 2003 the aquarium unveiled its Wild Reef shark exhibit. Next to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum sits on a peninsula that juts a half mile into Lake Michigan. The Museum of Science and Industry, founded in 1933, houses thousands of exhibits, including the Idea Factory and Omnimax Theatre; a fullscale, working coal mine; a WWII captured German submarine; a Boeing 727 airplane that visitors can walk through; and a walk-though model of a human heart. It was the first museum in North America to feature the concept of hands-on exhibits.

They included meat-packing, casting foundries, pottery making, wholesale warehousing, distilleries, and earth-moving and farm machinery manufacturing. Ancient Indian trails were turned into solid roads, and steamboats and ferries replaced canoes. The city became a massive railroad hub. The area’s fresh, clear water, abundance of corn, and ease of transportation contributed to making the city the “Whiskey Capital of the World” by 1900. Distilleries and their related industries brought tremendous wealth, and Peoria became one of the largest tax-paying districts in the country.

Next to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum sits on a peninsula that juts a half mile into Lake Michigan. The Museum of Science and Industry, founded in 1933, houses thousands of exhibits, including the Idea Factory and Omnimax Theatre; a fullscale, working coal mine; a WWII captured German submarine; a Boeing 727 airplane that visitors can walk through; and a walk-though model of a human heart. It was the first museum in North America to feature the concept of hands-on exhibits.

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