Extraordinary Experiences

Are you looking for a Shedd experience that’s a little more special, more personal, more in-depth? Whether it’s a guided tour behind the scenes or a special proposal beside the belugas, we’ve got experiences you’ll never forget.

What kind of experience are you looking for?

Shark Feeding Tour: Behind the Scenes in Wild Reef

$89.95 for adults; $80.95 for children; $54.00 for members.
Dive deeper into Wild Reef—and experience mealtime with the sharks—during this new 50-minute guided exploration into how Shedd’s experts care for one of the aquarium’s most diverse and fascinating animal groups. Learn more>

Behind-the-Scenes Tour

$55.95 for adults; $46.95 for children; $20.00 for members
See Shedd from the perspective of our animal care staff during a 50-minute guided behind-the-scenes tour. You’ll go behind the galleries to view the aquarium from a new angle, see where nutritious meals are prepared for some of our 32,000 animals. Learn more>

Beluga Encounter

$250 a person ($200 for members) 
Meet the belugas where they live! You’ll touch the beluga’s skin, try a few training techniques and enjoy some surprises. At the conclusion, you’ll receive a framed photo to remember this experience — as if you could ever forget it! Learn more>

Beluga Encounter Proposal Experience

$500 ($400 for members) for two people
Shedd introduces a uniquely engaging beluga encounter for two, complete with a private poolside moment that is perfect for popping the question. Learn more>

Penguin Encounter

$75.95 for adults, $66.95 for children; $40.00 for members
During Shedd’s 30-minute penguin encounter, you’ll be introduced to one of our penguins, getting close enough to touch its sleek, slick feathers. You’ll learn more about Shedd’s penguin population and even take part in a mini training session. Learn more>

Trainer for a Day

$350 a person ($300 for members) for 4 hours
Pull on a pair of our tall rubber boots and go behind the scenes to experience what it’s like to be a marine mammal trainer. You’ll assist a trainer with daily routines and experience multiple training and feeding sessions. Learn more>

Extraordinary Experiences Club

Join the club and do it all—the tour, the belugas and penguins, and the training sessions—and enjoy a 25 percent discount on the total retail value of the four extraordinary experiences. Learn more>