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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MeydanBM
"Catch the movies or pass it"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
Unless you are a space fanatic, this is a pretty boring museum. Everything is so still and scattered around in a maze-like building. 3 starts because the movies are so much fun, almost 360 degrees ceiling, and a funny overacting host.
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GFK01
Grand Forks, ND
"Great hands on exhibits."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 07, 2019 NEW
This is a great place for children of all ages. The exhibit on the Apollo Moon Landings is exceptionally well done. The exhibits are interactive and are very impressive. The planetarium shows are super. so take in at least one.
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PurdyFamily
Johannesburg, South Africa
"Nice enough"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 07, 2019 NEW
We visited on a very wet and cold day; great to be in from the elements. We found the layout somewhat confusing, not particularly intuitive. Having said that, though, the displays were good. We took in a show as well, which was pretty entertaining. The restaurant seemed to close very early? At just before 2pm the kitchen could no longer serve food and only soup/stew was available if you didn’t want a pre made item.
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Art R
Normal, Illinois
"This is the Place for Space Adventurist"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 07, 2019 NEW
The exhibits will make you want to dream a little and bring out the curiosity of space. From the people who started exploration, to the ones who helped get them in space, Adler has all the eyes and mind can consume.
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DayTrip797403
"Interesting for space enthusiasts"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 04, 2019 NEW
We only went because it was included on our bus tour and it was very hot and the planetarium was inside and air conditioned. We watched a movie and it was interesting the hear about the stars and what could be seen from Chicago at that time of the year. It was a good break in the day.
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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.