Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL

1300 South Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605
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$28.00
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Overview

Located in Chicago, Illinois, Adler Planetarium serves as America’s first planetarium and prime resource for inspiring future space explorers. Guests can enjoy seeing the various exhibitions (including Mission Moon, Our Solar System, Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass and more), shows (like Imagine the Moon, Destination Solar System, Skywatch Live and more), programs and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Eat at Café Galileo's by Food For Thought while at the planetarium.
  • Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium in the USA.
  • Parking available in the lot adjacent to the planetarium.

Description

from Adler Planetarium
Explore the outer reaches of the universe with this admission ticket to Chicago's Adler Planetarium, the first planetarium in the United States. Learn about space at the most advanced and oldest planetarium in existence today, with a plethora of shows and exhibits to delight visitors of all ages. Discover must-see shows like Imagine the Moon, Destination Solar System, and Skywatch Live and exhibits like Mission Moon, Our Solar System, and the Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time. Admission includes a choice of two Sky Shows and tour of historic Atwood Sphere.

Chicago's Adler Planetarium is America's first planetarium and a premier resource for inspiring the next generation of space explorers with its many must-see live shows, exhibits, and events. With this full-day admission ticket, enjoy the benefits the Museum Entry+2 Pass provides at the world’s most advanced planetarium. Discover all the live shows, including Imagine the Moon, explores how the Moon has inspired human creativity, learning, and exploration ever since we have looked to the sky.; Destination Solar System, a breathtaking tour of the sun, moon, and planets in the year 2096; Skywatch Live, the premier planetarium experience that navigates the abundance of objects that make up our universe and many more. Also, see all the exhibitions.

At Mission Moon, find out how the United States became the first nation to put a man on the Moon, what it’s really like to be an astronaut and why it takes an entire team to explore uncharted worlds. In Our Solar System, touch a piece of the Moon, the planet Mars or a distant asteroid. And at the Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, travel to the distant corners of the cosmos and witness how the universe evolved more than 13.7 billion years ago, from the Big Bang to this morning’s sunrise. Additionally, enjoy access to the historic Atwood Sphere — to experience the night sky over Chicago as it appeared in 1913 — and select two Sky Shows upon arrival.

Hungry? Visit Café Galileo's by Food For Thought for a relaxing lunch of soups, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, beverages and desserts — and the best view of the beautiful Chicago skyline. On the way out, stop by the Adler Store for educational toys and games, space books and videos, official Adler gear and much more.


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Naomi W
"Cool planetarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2019 NEW
Pretty cool planetarium, GREAT view of the city skyline from this planetarium. That alone seemed worth it. I would have loved if they had more interactive exhibits though.
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monicae459
Houston, Texas
" Is ok. "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 27, 2019 NEW
To be brutally honest, there is not much to see here. The entry fee is $19 for adults. I added a show and paid $13 for that. So ended up paying $80+ for 3 adults. We toured the entire place in 30-40 minutes and waited 45 minutes for our show. I would save tour money on another attraction. The view of the Chicago skyline outside was amazing!!! THAT made it worth it for us.
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CARLA B
San Antonio, United States
"Best kept secret"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2019 NEW
My son and I agreed to visit because it was the one place my 15yo granddaughter wanted to see on our weekend trip. We were all blown away. Not only is the museum amazing, the cafe in the atrium serves delicious food at great prices with a beautiful city view! Once outside, this is the best place to take pictures of the Chicago skyline!
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gordonf644
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
"Dont waste your time if you’re a grown up"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019 NEW
This place is for kids, little or nothing to satisfy the adults. Waste of money including it in the citypass.
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Dave1600
West Hollywood, California
"Well done - spent more time than we'd planned"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2019 NEW
It was a cold Chicago day, so outside things were not on the itenerary. So we went to Adler and had a great time. The first show was a dud, how to find constilations. It was real elementary. But the Planet Number 9 was very good and made up for the first one. The exhibits and getting to see the Gemini capsule was a treat. Don't miss the, historical equipment in the lower floor.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Adler Planetarium

Is parking available?
Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Adler Planetarium or in the parking garage at Soldier Field. Metered street parking is also available. The standard rate for the lot adjacent to the Adler is $19 per car, but rates change frequently due to activities like football games, concerts, and other special events.

Is the museum handicap accessible?
Yes, the Adler Planetarium's is wheelchair accessible and the entrance is located at the South Box Office.

Is there a place to eat?
For a nice, relaxing lunch and the best view of the Chicago skyline there’s nowhere better than Café Galileo’s. Café Galileo’s provides a variety of freshly prepared options, including an array of soups, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, beverages and desserts.

Does the Adler Planetarium offer a gift shop?
Yes, they offer the Adler Store for toys and games, space books and videos, Adler gear, and much more.