Get an insider’s look at three exhibits during a 45-minute front-of-scenes tour with the chance for a quick glance behind the scenes. The theme changes every month, so reserve your spot today!
April: Penguins, Behind the Nest
It’s nesting season for our Magellanic and rockhopper penguins! Learn more about how the birds build their nests and incubate their eggs. Then go behind the scenes to see where penguin pairing and parenting happens. It’s an exciting time of year!
Adult (12+): $59.95
Tours are paused during temporary closure.
Each tour is limited to 12 people.
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.
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.
- Walking for 60 minutes
- Use of stairs; elevators are available
- Very light and very dark spaces
- Loud noises
- Walking on uneven surfaces
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.
Please meet at the Northern Trust Suite, in the main foyer a minimum of 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. Admission tickets will be available at the Northern Trust Suite for participants. All other guests not participating in the experience should purchase tickets at the ticket counter or in advance online. The Northern Trust Suite is the first door on the right in the main foyer. Please note, late comers may not be able to join the encounter and will forfeit the program. Please be on time for your experience.
Guests will need to understand information and instructions given in the English language or arrange for a paying translator to participate.
You may reschedule up to 10 days before your original reservation date; attempting to reschedule in less than 10 days will result in forfeiture of the experience with no exceptions. To reschedule, call 312-692-3355 (Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or email [email protected] If a participant needs to cancel the encounter and is unable to reschedule, no refund will be made. Please note that all Shedd experiences are nonrefundable.
In the event that Shedd Aquarium needs to reschedule the encounter, the participant will be notified by phone no later than 24 hours before the encounter, and every effort will be made to reschedule the experience. If an alternate date and time is not possible, a full refund will be made to the purchaser.
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 prior to your experience at [email protected] or 312-692-3355.
Tour of the Month 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.
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.
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.