Open 9 am - 6 pm
Sandbar sharks have a classic shark profile with a triangular dorsal fin and a streamlined body shape designed for constant movement.
Shedd's pod of dolphins peer inquisitively at the camera, held by an underwater diver.

“I appreciated the insight to the details of the architecture of the building, and my [kids] loved seeing behind the scenes, especially getting to see the sharks from a different vantage point.  We all appreciated seeing the extent of the mechanics and hard work that goes into keeping up the exhibits! We had a great experience from beginning to end.”

Mask and Vaccination Policies 

Following state and city guidelines, beginning Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, Shedd Aquarium is lifting the mask and vaccination requirements for guests. Guests and staff may continue to wear masks in the aquarium for a variety of reasons, so please continue to be kind and considerate of others.

Highlights

Schedule

11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m., with an additional 3 p.m. tour on select days. Guests should plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

Requirements

Guests ages 6–17 must be accompanied by a participating adult, age 18 or older.

Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty or wet. Be sure to wear rubber-soled shoes; sneakers are recommended. For your safety, please do not wear heels or flip-flops on this tour.

Guests will need to understand information and instructions given in English or arrange for a paying translator to participate.

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

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

Accessibility

We believe there should be no boundaries to your Shedd Aquarium experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please email or call us at 312-692-3355.

Program includes

  • Use of stairs; elevators are available
  • Walking/standing for 65 minutes
  • Sitting for 10 minutes
  • Wet and potentially slippery floors
  • Very light and very dark spaces
  • Loud noises

Must See Tour FAQs

This closeup photo features the point where a grapeshot anemone's fleshy lower body opens up into a bowl-shaped opening filled with short, fleshy fronds similar in appearance to shag carpeting.

Gift certificates

Behind the scenes tours 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

Adults (12 and older): $75.00
Children (6 - 11): $65.00
Members (6 and older): $40.00

Admission to the aquarium is included with the purchase of a tour.

Entry

Participating guests should meet at the Northern Trust Suite on the day of their visit.

Questions?

E-mail 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 in advance of your reservation.

Photography

Photography and video recording are not allowed during this experience. 

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.