Proposals at Shedd

Shedd Aquarium offers a choice of two unique and unforgettable proposal opportunities. Each of these engaging experiences features one of Shedd’s most highlighted animals to assist you in popping the question. Check out which encounter is best for you and your special someone.

Once you have selected your encounter, please review the following requirements before making a reservation. Please note that both proposal opportunities take place during our regular scheduled encounters, so they are not private. 

Beluga Encounter Proposals
$500 ($400 for members) for two people
Guided by a Shedd trainer, you’ll learn all about the beluga whales as you wade into the waters of the Grainger Beluga Encounter Habitat. After some up-close and personal time with the whale, there will be an opportunity for a proposal that can only happen at Shedd. The beluga whale will push a waterproof velvet box in your direction, setting up the perfect moment to pop the question. A professional photographer will be there to capture this once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Included in the encounter: express entry, admission to all exhibits, a ticket to the next available aquatic presentation and a complimentary photo package.

Looking for a little something extra? Celebrate your engagement with champagne and strawberries in a spot overlooking the Abbott Oceanarium for an additional $100. (Available only for the two participating guests)

Penguin Encounter Proposals
$151.90 ($80 for members) for two people
During this 60-minute encounter, you’ll be introduced to one of our Magellanic penguins and its trainer behind the scenes. You will learn how Shedd trains our penguins and also how these birds mate for life by giving a pebble as a sign of their unity. This will be your cue to pop the question! Your ring will be placed in an egg-shaped box, a proposal that can only happen at Shedd. A professional photographer will be there to capture this once-in-a-lifetime setting and moment.

Included in the encounter: express entry, admission to all exhibits and a ticket to the next available aquatic presentation and a complimentary photo package.

Looking for a little something extra? Celebrate your engagement with champagne and strawberries in a spot overlooking the Abbott Oceanarium for an additional $100. (Available only for the two participating guests)

Would you prefer to book a private proposal?

You can buy out the entire encounter to have a more intimate experience! With this option, you can bring additional guests or make it a private experience for you and your significant other.

(Champagne and strawberries not available with this encounter)
Beluga Encounter: Up to 6 people, $1,500 ($1,200 for members)
Penguin Encounter: Up to 10 people, $759.50 ($400 for members)

Requirements

Guests with special needs and/or special requests must contact our office at 312-692-3282 before making a reservation. For the health and safety of the animals at Shedd, each situation will be reviewed by the Marine Mammals team for approval. All participants will be required to stand for approximately 30 minutes without assistances and follow any directions given by our trainers.

Guests participating in the Beluga Encounters must be at least 60 inches tall. See the Beluga Encounter and Penguin Encounter pages for additional requirements.

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.

Schedule

To book your Penguin Encounter proposal please call 312-692-3355.
To book your Beluga Encounter proposal please call 312-692-2730.
Both of Shedd’s proposal experiences can be scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

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.