September 16, 1925 – The South Park Commission inks a contract to cover the construction of the $2,000,000 John G. Shedd Aquarium. It will be built in Grant Park about one-tenth of a mile east of the Field Museum. Shedd began his career as a stock clerk for Marshall Field and worked his way up the corporate ladder, taking over as president of the firm when Field died in 1906. The aquarium was his gift to the city, one designed to complement the great museum to the west named after his former boss. Shedd did not live long enough to see the completion of the aquarium in 1930; he died just over a year after the South Park commission made its 1925 announcement.