Open 9 am - 5 pm (Early Close)
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.
A close look at the closely-packed, round suckers on the tentacle of a giant Pacific octopus.
Nickel the green sea turtle, her long front fins swept wide, swims in Caribbean Reef at Shedd Aquarium.


  • One-of-a-kind tour highlighting three of your favorite animals
  • In-depth information from an expert guide


Tours are available all year, Sundays through Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Please note: sea otters may not be available from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4

Includes admission

A general admission ticket is included with the purchase of a Private Personalized Tour. Participants have access to express entry to the aquarium, admission to all exhibits and a ticket to the next available aquatic presentation.


Guests ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult, age 18 or older. Guests ages 3 and older must also have a tour ticket.

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

Guests will be walking/standing for about 45 minutes and must be able to follow instructions given by guides who are leading the tour.


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

Program includes

  • Walking for 45 minutes; option to select exhibits with nearby seating
  • Use of stairs; elevators are available
  • Very light and very dark spaces
  • Loud noises
  • Walking on uneven surfaces

Private Personalized Tour FAQs

The tail of a pacific white-sided dolphin forms a flat half-moon shape, the inner curve of the moon gently puckered toward the center.

Gift certificates

Private Personalized 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.


Adult (12+): $74.95
Child: $59.95
Member: $31.95


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


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 in advance of your reservation.


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.