Open 9 am - 6 pm (Late Close)
A couple stands in the cold water of Shedd's oceanarium, as a beluga whale sticks its head out of the water to peer curiously up at them from less than a foot away.

Beluga Encounter Proposals

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! Call 312-692-3355 to schedule your proposal today.

Price: $75 (does not include admission to the Beluga Encounter)

A Magellanic penguin peers around itself at visitors in Shedd's penguin encounter space.

Penguin Encounter Proposals

During this 60-minute encounter, you’ll be introduced to one of our Magellanic penguins and its trainer, behind the scenes. You’ll learn how Shedd cares for and trains our penguins and the importance of how Magellanic penguins mate for life. This will be your cue to pop the question! Call 312-692-3355 to schedule your proposal today.

Price: $50 (does not include admission to the Penguin Encounter)


Enjoy a private spot overlooking the Abbott Oceanarium with champagne and strawberries for an additional $150. (Available only for the two participating guests)


Make it private

You can reserve 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. This encounter also includes champagne and strawberries (for two people) on a private balcony overlooking the Abbott Oceanarium.

Private Beluga Encounter: $1250 or $1000 for members
Private Penguin Encounter:
$850 or $650 for members


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.


Photography and video recording are not allowed during this experience. Shedd will provide a professional photography to commemorate your encounter.

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.