Join the sharks and rays for brunch on this 60-minute behind-the-scenes feeding tour. Start with an in-depth look at Wild Reef, which transports you 8,000 miles to an exuberant Philippines reef.
Then enter the animal-care area to witness mealtime with the ocean's most dynamic, and misunderstood, predators. You'll learn how we prepare diets of restaurant-grade seafood for each species. See how the sharks have been trained to respond to each one's version of a dinner bell. You can even have a hand in feeding some of the other fishes.
Saturdays and Sundays
October 2 - December 26
(No encounters on 12/25)
10 years old and up; participants 10 to 17 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult participant.
For the safety of the animals, no one under the age of 10 may attend the encounter.
Guests not participating in the encounter, including guests under 10 years old, may not attend any portion of the encounter.
Child (10-11): $84.95
Admission to the aquarium is included with the purchase of a Shark Feeding Tour.
Shark Feeding Tours begin promptly at 10 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
In accordance with city guidelines and recent CDC recommendations, we will require all guests above the age of 2—regardless of vaccination status— to wear masks in Shedd's indoor areas.
- Uncover reef residents from corals and sea stars to sharks and rays with your guide
- Go behind the scenes above the 400,000-gallon shark habitat and delve into sharks’ role in their ecosystem
- Witness positive-reinforcement training with the sharks and see what’s on the menu!
10:00 a.m. start time. Guests should plan to arrive 15 minutes early.
Guests ages 10-17 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.
We believe there should be no boundaries 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.
- Use of stairs; elevators are available
- Walking/standing for 60 minutes
- Wet and potentially slippery floors
- Very light and very dark spaces
- Loud noises
Parking is available on the Museum Campus in several lots. See more information about parking at Shedd here. Metered parking may also be available on Solidarity Drive up to 10 hours, but only after 8 a.m. Shedd is not responsible for cars ticketed or towed by the City of Chicago. Parking is not permitted on the aquarium's service entrance. Vehicles parked at the service entrance or the bus turnaround may be subject to towing. To learn more about parking on the Museum Campus, visit soldierfieldparking.com.
Please meet at the Information Desk, in the main foyer a minimum of 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. Please note, late comers may not be able to join the encounter and will forfeit the program. Please be on time for your experience.
All participants must be at least 10 years old, and children 10-17 must be accompanied by a paying participating guardian.
During this encounter, you may come in contact with shellfish and seafood. For safety, we recommend that guests with shellfish and seafood allergies do not participate.
Please wear comfortable clothing and something you don’t mind getting dirty or wet. Be sure to wear rubber sole shoes- sneakers are recommended. For your safety, please do not wear heels or flip-flops on this tour.
Shark Feeding 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.
Children (10-11): $84.95
Participating guests should meet at the Information Desk on the day of their visit.
Email us or call 312-692-3355 with questions. We are unable to take reservations by email.
If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us in advance of your reservation.
Photography and video recording are not allowed during this experience.
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.