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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P8536QGchrisr
"Great place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2019 NEW
This is a great half day out, make sure you book the shows, planet nine was a great experience - do not miss out!
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KrisFarley
Lake Elsinore
"Meh"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2019 NEW
We recently visited Chicago and i was excited because i don't recall ever going to a planetarium before. We visited the Adler on 10/08/2019 around 10:30- 11 AM. We got some great photos of the skyline out by the bank, and even dipped our feet into the water. We also just sat there to watch people as they strolled by on their daily jog. However, inside was a little bit of a different story. It was PACKED, and there were kids everywhere. Not just kids, but unsupervised kids. It was difficult to fully explore the place without the distraction of yelling and screaming kids in the way wanting to touch and play with anything and everything. We did get to see a show, the Skywatch Live show. This was very informative as i got to learn new things on navigating the stars. However, we both almost fell asleep in it, no fault to the person running its fault. It was just dark in there, and we must have been exhausted from our travels. Sooo, overrall, i did enjoy the show and felt like i learned a lot from it,
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alejandrov641
Metepec, Mexico
"Exciting visited planetarium "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2019 NEW
Very good opportunity to see an impressive view of the skyline of Chicago City and yes of course the planetarium wow very interesting for all age , children, younger and adults the astrology for most all race have been very important to discover our earth. Eat before visit this place !!!!
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TeamWard
Nottingham, United Kingdom
"Worth a visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2019 NEW
Away from the city centre you can locate the Adler planetarium, its a marvellous design of a building with fantastic views of the Chicago skyline that are worth the trip out to it if nothing else, and interesting place to visit.
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hunslet49
Lichfield, United Kingdom
"Cool"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2019 NEW
I really didn't know what to expect so I couldn't be disappointed. Yes, there is quite a lot about manned space flights but this is what really fascinates people. It amazes me that you can find so many people that are willing to be blasted into space in such a cramped and uncomfortable looking vehicle.There is a fair bit about the planets but they can't go into too much depth as that would be boring. So, if you are studying for a degree in Astrophysics this probably isn't the place for you. For the rest of us it was very interesting. £45 for the two of us which included one show.
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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.