Shark Feeding Tour: Behind the Scenes in Wild Reef

Dive deeper into Wild Reef — and experience mealtime with the sharks — during this new 60-minute guided exploration into how Shedd’s experts care for one of the aquarium’s most diverse and fascinating animal groups.

First, you’ll visit the exhibit, meeting reef residents from corals and sea stars to sharks and rays. Your guide will share details about how each one eats and avoids being eaten. Then you’ll go behind the scenes to where the aquarists work above the 400,000-gallon shark habitat to experience a “feed.”

You’ll see what’s on the menu for the sharks and rays, and you’ll witness how each species has been trained to come to its own visual and audible “dinner bell” — enabling aquarists to give every animal an individually balanced diet.

You’ve never seen Wild Reef like this before!

Includes admission:
The Shark Feeding Tour ticket also includes express entry to the aquarium, admission to all exhibits and a ticket to the next available aquatic presentation.


$89.95 for guests age 12 and older, $80.95 for guests ages 10-11. $54.00 for members.

Includes Behind-the-Scenes Tour, express entry, admission to all exhibits and a ticket to the next available aquatic presentation.


Saturdays and Sundays, 9:45 a.m.

Group Size

Each tour is limited to 10 guests.


Minimum age is 10 years old and participants must be 55 inches tall. Guests ages 10-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult, age 18 or older. If you or someone in your party has accessible needs, please call us at 312-692-2723 and we will be happy to assist you.

Tour includes work areas where floors may be wet; wear shoes with nonskid soles — no flip-flops, dress shoes, or heels. For the safety of the animals, you will be asked to remove sunglasses, rings and other jewelry. Food and beverages are not permitted.

Photography and video recording are not allowed during this experience. Participating Guests should meet at the Northern Trust Suite on the day of their visit.

Gift Certificates

An extraordinary gift idea! To purchase a gift certificate, please call us at 312-692-2723. Certain restrictions apply.


E-mail us or call 312-692-2723 with questions. We are unable to take reservations by email.

Refund Policy

Rescheduling must occur as of close of business 10 days prior to the date of the experience. Refunds will not be issued for any changes made less than 10 days prior. For additional details, see our refund and cancellation policy.

Accessibility Needs

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us in advance of your reservation.

Phone Number: 312-692-2723

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Ages 10 and older. Guests ages 10 to 15 must be accompanied by a paying adult, age 18 or older.