Open 9 am - 6 pm
Shedd Admission tickets and Member Passes are SOLD OUT this day. We also experiencing a high call volume. We appreciate your patience as we work to answer guest calls.
Sea lion Ty sticks out his tongue, swimming with his head lifted out of the water.
Beluga whale Mauyak peers out of the water at Shedd Aquarium.


  • Walk with our trainers into the various habitats and come face-to-face with penguins, sea lions, dolphins and more
  • Interact with a dolphin or beluga whale
  • Go elbow-deep in fish buckets to help prepare the animals’ meals

Includes admission

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


Fridays and Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 to 5:30 p.m.


Participants must be 12 or older. Children ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult age 18 or older.

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

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

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


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.

Program includes

  • Walking for 4 hours
  • Use of stairs
  • Walking on uneven surfaces

Add a photographer

Add a professional photographer to capture a surprise interaction at the end of your experience, and receive digital photos for $30 a person. Contact us at 312-692-3355 for more information.

Trainer For a Day 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

Trainer for a Day is 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.


$360 a person for 4 hours
($300 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 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.