Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL

1300 South Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605
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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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Joannalmoore625
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
"Interesting "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 21, 2019 NEW
Everyone enjoyed the shows. Night time sky and flight around the solar system. Great hands on experience for kids.
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ransom007
Anaheim, California
"Top notch planetarium in Chicago, Illinois"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
There are pay-to-park lots near the planetarium. There is an admission fee for the "museum" and an additional fee for each planetarium show you watch. There are 3 levels of exhibits which give a fine history of the people, places, and things of astronomy. I believe there is a planetarium theater on each level, so you need to make sure you have the correct one if you a watching a show. There is also a cafeteria and there is a large gift shop.
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themanofec
North Canton, Ohio
"Nice exhibits and shows"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
We did 2 shows and the exhibits. The shows can be a little silly but we thought they were pretty good overall. The exhibits are nice, took about an hour to 90 minutes to explore. The 1913 sphere though was probably the highlight though we did wait 30 minutes to get in.
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Martin T
"Imagine the moon"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2019 NEW
The Adler planetarium Sky Show immersive film experience is something everyone should see as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Great storytelling!
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grenisv
Rapid City, South Dakota
"Amazing place... very educational!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2019 NEW
Had a great visit here. Loved the scale models of the solar system. Always amazing to see how big the sun is! The telescope section is really good. We did two movies. 9th planet was fantastic and the moderator really did a great job. Moon movie was ok. The rotating earth was fascinating to us. Really gave a perspective on how high the Rockies are and how long the are. So glad we visited here!!
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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.