Open 9 am - 6 pm
Museum Campus parking will be severely limited for the morning and early afternoon. Taking public transportation or parking off campus is highly recommended and may be required.
Nunavik, a beluga whale, spits water at a trainer in Shedd's Oceanarium. This behavior is used in the wild to uncover clams hiding in sand on the ocean floor.
Greyson pushes his head above the water and opens his mouth to vocalize.

Requirements

Participants must be at least 60 inches (5ft or 1.5 meters) tall. Children up to 17 years-old must be accompanied by a participating paid adult age 18 or older.

A waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian for any participant 17 years or younger.

Masks are required for all guests over the age of 2 to visit Shedd Aquarium, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required to be worn throughout your experience as well. 

We recommend that guests with shellfish and seafood allergies do not participate in this encounter.

Accessibility

We strive to remove barriers to your Shedd Aquarium experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at [email protected] or 312-692-3355. We review each request individually against the participation requirements and will follow up with you as swiftly as we can. 

Program includes

  • Standing in cold water for 20 minutes (without assistance)
  • Use of stairs
  • Lifting arms
  • Ability to walk/wear chest waders

Beluga Encounter FAQs

A beluga's flukes are large, flat and fan-shaped, with a tip in the long edge where the powerful tail muscles are attached to the fluke.

Gift certificates

Beluga Encounters are an extraordinary gift idea! Purchase a gift certificate online, redeemable for Extraordinary Experiences, general admission, or membership. Or call us at 312-692-3355. Certain restrictions apply.

Pricing

$200 a person ($170 for members)

Entry

Participating guests should meet at the Information Desk on the day of their visit.

Questions?

Email us or call 312-692-3355 with questions. We are unable to take reservations by email.

Accessibility Needs

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us.

Photography

Photography and video recording are not allowed while participating in the Beluga Encounter. However, a photographer will be in the area taking photos of the experience. You will receive one free image with the option to purchase more. 

Refund Policy

No refunds. Participants who need to reschedule may do so up to 10 days before their scheduled experience. Otherwise, date and time exchanges cannot be accommodated. For additional details, see our refund and cancellation policy.