Penguin Encounter

During Shedd’s 60-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.

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


$75.95 for adults, $66.95 for children. $40 for members.

Includes Penguin Encounter, express entry, admission to all exhibits and a ticket to the next available aquatic presentation. You will receive a complimentary 4x6 photo as part of your experience. Additional photos may be available for purchase.


Penguin Encounters are offered all year long on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. From the last week in June through August 28, they are offered daily.

Group Size

Each session is limited to 10 people.


Children must be at least 6 years old, and children 6 to 11 must be accompanied by a paying guardian. For the well-being of the birds, one chaperone is required for each 6-year-old. 

If you or someone in your party has accessible needs, please call us at 312-692-3355 and we will be happy to assist you.

Please bring a pair of socks; we will provide you with rubber boots for the encounter.

Observers may not be in the penguin encounter space. Encounters are conducted behind the scenes but not in the penguin habitat.

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 312-692-3355. Certain restrictions apply.


E-mail us or call 312-692-3355 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: 312-692-3355

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Ages 6 and older. Children 6 to 11 must be accompanied by a paying guardian age 18 or older.