Open 9 am - 5 pm

4-D Experiences

Tease your senses at Shedd’s 4-D Experience, where anything can happen. Get so close to the action that you want to reach out and touch it. Your chair vibrates, the air moves, something scampers by your leg, or did it?

4-D Experience admission is a $4.95 upgrade per guest per experience ($2.95 for members).

Add to your cart, then choose your show and time when you arrive at Shedd Aquarium.

Sea Monsters 4-D: A Prehistoric Adventure

10:15 a.m.   1:15 p.m.
11:15 a.m.   2:15 p.m.
12:15 p.m.   3:15 p.m.

On days when Shedd Aquarium is open until 6 p.m., there are additional shows at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

82 million years ago may be known to many as the Age of Dinosaurs, but while they roamed the land, a whole other world of beasts existed in the submerged world. Go back in time to join one of these incredible sea monsters on her journey from the safety of life in the shallows to the center of the action in the most dangerous seas in history. Explore her breathtaking world – brought to you in photorealistic animation and stunning 4-D effects – as she and her fellow ferocious underwater creatures swim and slink their way through life while trying to escape their predators and win the epic fight for survival.

BBC Earth’s Shark: A 4-D Experience

10:30 a.m.   1:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m.   2:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m.   3:30 p.m.


On days when Shedd Aquarium is open until 6 p.m., there is an additional show at 4:30 p.m.

Come face to face with some of the world’s most strange and mysterious shark species. These extraordinarily intelligent underwater giants each exhibit unique behaviors to navigate their ever-changing environment. Essential to the fragile balance of our ocean’s health, Shark: A 4-D Experience® explores the complex nature of these majestic creatures’ survival instincts.

The BBC and BBC Earth are trademarks of the British Broadcasting Corporation and are used under licence. BBC logo © BBC 1996
© Morné Hardenberg/Atlantic Edge Films

Splash and Bubbles: 4-D Undersea Adventure

10 a.m.   1 p.m.
11 a.m.   2 p.m.
12 p.m.   3 p.m.

On days when Shedd Aquarium is open until 6 p.m., there are additional shows at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Dunk has lost his lucky pebble and his best friends Splash, Bubbles, and Ripple want YOU to join them in the search. From visiting the beautiful kelp forest to seeing an active underwater volcano, join these Reeftown Rangers as they “catch a current” to explore our one big ocean and meet all kinds of citizens of the sea.

© 2017 The Jim Henson Company. © 2017 Herschend Studios. JIM HENSON’S mark & logo, SPLASH AND BUBBLES mark & logo, characters and elements are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. All Rights Reserved. PBS KIDS and the PBS KIDS Logo are registered trademarks of Public Broadcasting Service. Used with permission.

*This 4-D Experience will be replaced with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from Nov. 29 through Jan. 4.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D

Running Nov. 29 through Jan. 4

10 a.m. 1 p.m.
11 a.m. 2 p.m.
12 p.m. 3 p.m.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer shines in an all-new magical 4-D Experience®. When young Rudolph is teased for his red nose and runs away from Christmastown, he sets off on a series of adventures, meets new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius along the way, and escapes the clutches of the Abominable Snow Monster. When an epic snowstorm threatens Christmas, can he rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D uses the same stop motion animation as the beloved television classic to deliver a visually brilliant, high definition 3-D experience.

4-D Experiences bring on-screen action to life with special effects like water mist, air blasts, bubbles, enhanced floor lighting, seat vibrations and back pokes.

4-D Experiences are recommended for ages 4 and up. Children under 3 do not need a ticket to attend and may sit on a caregiver’s lap. The special effects could be frightening to small children. Kids under 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 or older.

The special effects could aggravate certain medical conditions. 4-D Experiences are not recommended for guests with:

  • Heart conditions
  • Medical sensitivity to strobe lights, laser-like lighting effects or fog effects
  • Back, neck or similar physical conditions
  • Sensitivity to loud sound

Accessibility

Sound-reducing headphones, assistive listening devices, recorded audio description and close captioning are available for 4-D Experiences.

Learn more about accessibility