It is nearly impossible to
read Mr. Popper's Penguins as a child and not spend the rest of
your life dreaming of keeping a penguin as a pet.
I'm pretty sure the geniuses behind
Encounter at Shedd Aquarium had this in mind when they added it
to the list of Extraordinary Experiences available.
Think you can't leave the kids at
home for this one? Our group was all couples, and each agreed the
experience made for a great date.
After a mini-lesson about the
penguins at Shedd, a trainer and penguin joined the group. The
trainer brought the penguin around to each couple so they could pet
the penguin and see him up-close. I was skeptical we would spend
the full 30 minutes with a penguin, but we actually ended up having
more time than that with our new friend. The full experience lasted
about an hour.
The encounter is limited to 10 and
offered year round on weekends. During the summer, encounters are
offered daily but it is recommended to make a reservation ahead of
While the ticket price, $68.95 each
for adults, may seem steep, it's worth it for a special date night.
The ticket includes the penguin encounter, a 4x6 photo of you with
the penguin, all-access admission with express entry to the
aquarium, tickets to the aquatic show, admission to Jellies and
admission to Stingray
Video and photos by Alaina
Alaina is the digital content editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Chicago.
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