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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Steve G
Peoria, Arizona
"A great place to take your kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 16, 2019 NEW
We visited the planetarium and had the chance to go through the whole building and attended two shows that were available to see. The shows were geared to a younger audience although it wasn't clear when we signed up to attend. It had some great exhibits as well especially the Apollo 12 capsule on loan from the Smithsonian.
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BFDStein
Phoenix, Arizona
"Good for kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 11, 2019 NEW
We had one day in Chicago and spent about 3hrs here with the kids, ages 5 and 7. Lots of hands-on activities, great for kids - they could have spent the whole day here. I stress: great for kids and interesting for adults. But if you have limited time in Chicago and don’t have kids, I’d probably skip this one. While it’s a terrific planetarium and architecturally interesting, it’s exhibits are not particularly unique to Chicago as a city. You can spend more time in the Field museum or at the art institute and see more things there that you can’t see anywhere else in the world. With that said, if we lived near Chicago, the planetarium is probably one of the places we’d go to often. Definitely one of the biggest and best planetariums we’ve been to with a lot of great artifacts. Spend a little extra for a show.
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iAmAviG
Brooklyn, New York
"Underwhelming"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 05, 2019 NEW
Obviously, the point of a Planetarium are the shows, but I feel like the good backbone of a planetarium is the lessons it teaches before you even go through the shows, and the exhibits outside of the shows are just: Meh.
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Jane52_13
Dallas, Texas
"Interesting and informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 04, 2019 NEW
On a rainy day in Chicago, we thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits and, especially, the shows at the planetarium. There are fun activities for children and informative exhibits for adults. It's easy to spend several entertaining hours in the building.
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Dnc6471
"Interesting but skip it."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 04, 2019 NEW
We enjoyed the visit but if you don't have a CityPass or any type similar, we wouldn't have gone and visited. The displays are informative and interesting. Staff are very cordial and helpful. Watch out for the large groups of kids..lol.
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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.