Enjoy Up-Close Experiences at The Shedd Aquarium


Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium features numerous vibrant displays and exhibits to enjoy. If you have never visited this beloved, cutting-edge aquarium — be sure to add it to your Chicago to-do list.

Be Amazed at the Beluga Encounter

At The Shedd Aquarium’s Beluga Encounter, you can meet belugas up close and personal! This experience will allow you to learn more about the natural history of beluga whales from experts. Do you have whale questions? They have answers! For the experience, you will put on a small chest flotation aid and step carefully into the Beluga Encounter Habitat to meet some new friends. This experience will allow you to touch a beluga whale, practice a few professional training techniques, and have a breathtaking up-close experience with these gorgeous creatures.

Be Delighted at the Penguin Encounter

Get a front-row seat to the adorable penguin action! At the Penguin Encounter, you can observe a penguin up close as it moves about a small room, plays with toys, and gets cozy on a trainer’s lap. You’ll have a chance to touch the penguin with the company of the trainer, and they will be present throughout the experience to teach you more about these adorable animals, as well as the conservation work of the Shedd Aquarium in South Africa with African penguins.

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