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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camiladelcarpio
"Not worth the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 11, 2020
The planetarium is good, the shows that we saw are also good, it is informative and interactive, but I think it is not worth the money, it is too expensive for what it is. We wouldn’t go again as there are many other things to do in Chicago.
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joanna877
New Buffalo
"We got the unlimited package, not worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 09, 2020
We were hoping to go and see 4 shows so I bought an unlimited package for the whole family. Starting at 12:15 pm show we thought that the show was not as interesting as we expected and my 7 and 8 year old were rather bored. The 1:30pm show was a little better, guided more towards kids, but still too technical for them to understand. The visuals were much better so kids were interested. The overall exibits were not as exciting and seemed to be in a bad shape, outdated or broken so we went through them rather fast so we left after 1:30 show ended, not waiting for 2:30 and 3:30 show. We left rather disappointed with the experience.
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X1994GXianb
Sixpenny Handley, United Kingdom
"Shows were good, surprised there was no Planetarium to look at the stars."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 01, 2020
Interesting museum with helpful staff. The shows are extra but essential for a good visit. I was expecting to find a dome with stars on it, but that is not what the have.
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Beccathewanderer89
"Absolutely Must See"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2020
Isn’t our universe marvelous?? If you answered yes, then you have to visit the Adler Planetarium!! This was my favorite stop of my whole trip. While the museum itself isn’t that large, and it’s definitely more geared toward children, the shows were absolutely worth the price of the tickets.
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Ron1950--1
"Well worth the time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2020
This really is a must see. For its age it's well taken care of and the presentations are fantastic. Make the time to attend.
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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.