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Adler Planeterium Chicago

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Adler Planeterium
1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago
IL
60605
Tel: 312-922-7827

Where are we going today?

Where do you want to go on your next family day out? Space? Why not!

The Adler Planetarium is a great place in Chicago to explore what is out there above Earth's atmosphere. It's also America's FIRST planetarium, being founded all the way back in 1930, so there is a fascinating history to learn about before you even get to a telescope.

If you love all things space, you will love the exhibits that the Adler Planetarium has for you. Have you ever looked up into the sky and wondered what else there is to know about the moon? Mission Moon has the answer! You can take a journey and discover all the dangers and thrills of what is really means for those astronauts to take a trip to the moon. 

There are exhibits which give kids a chance to learn about the history of cultures of the world too. Astronomy In Culture looks at what other cultures of the past thought about the moon - from South America to Egypt. Even the Middle East! The moon has been around long before even dinosaurs, so just think - all those great figures of the past will have seen the very same moon that you are looking at!

You're in the wonderful city of Chicago, so it's only fitting there is an exhibit on what the sky above Chicago in 1913 would have looked like. It's true, for all those space buffs, the stars wouldn't have changed positions. BUT - there was a lot less light pollution, so when you looked up into the sky over 100 years ago - it would have looked like a blanket of stars! Can you imagine looking up now and seeing something so amazing? 

From planets to the solar system, there are plenty of exhibits covering some pretty amazing topics!

Adler Planetarium also has overnight stays, after school hang outs, and three theaters where you can catch some pretty cool films about space!

Are you excited to explore space! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$8 (aged 3 to 11)
  • Free Under: 2 years old
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9:30am open. 4pm close weekdays. 4:30pm weekends.

All year round. Closed July 3 and 4, and Memorial Day

Teachers corner

They love having students explore the planetarium on their field trips. There are a number of programs so give them a call to discuss the best option for you! .

I'm Hungry!

Cafe Galileo is a great place to enjoy lunch, with sandwiches and drinks. They also serve breakfast daily 10am - 11am.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe sells salads and soups too - all delicious! .

Any Top Tips?

Check out the cool events and programs - there are some fun kids camps and experiences for you! .

Need a little extra help?

There is an accessible entrance, as well as parking spaces. .

Can I get one of those?

The Adler Store is a great place to find something for everyone! With games, toys, books, and videos - great to continue that fun and education once you get home! .

More information

Tickets are available to purchase online until 9am of the day you want to visit .

What people are saying?

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    Interested in Space, Science Our Solar System? Then The Adler Planetarium is a must visit for you! Destination Solar System is a great show for all ages. Adler After Dark is a great way for adults to see the all the Planetarium has to offer without sidestepping the little ones. Don't forget to walk around the outside of the Planetarium as it has some of the best views of our great city Chicago, The view of Lake Michigan is truly beautiful, you could spend almost as much time outside as inside. #CityExperts @GoogleLocalCHI

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    Enjoyable planetarium that is moderately sized. Five stars for hosting the Adler After Dark series every month. It's a great crowd and atmosphere and tons of staff stick around and are excited to talk to you about what they do. Interesting lectures as well.

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    I've been coming here for longer than I care to admit. Who isn't fascinated with astronomy? Excellent adventure for the little ones. Definitely keeps them entertained with a myriad of hands on stations and activities. Don't miss the Sky Theatre experience. The surrounding breakwater is a super cool spot to watch Navy Pier fireworks and the observatory (outside to the east) is even open occasionally. While you're here take a stroll to the shipwreck (yup that's what those timbers are near the beach). Shoreline erosion caused by the construction of...Read More

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    I enjoyed the show they had while I was there. There was the obvious stuff about the milky way galaxy, but I also liked learning about nearby star clusters. The voiceover was done by a professional actor, so it made for a good production. The price was worth it, I would recommend this to my friends and family as a good place to go to learn about space and our nearby stars. It's amazing to think of the stars that are billions of miles away and see this described visually through the presentation. I am a big fan of Galileo's scientific discoveries,...Read More

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    You will not really get the kind of exorbitant exhibits you see at the aquarium or the field and science and industry museums, but the planetarium show is pretty good. It is something that I recommend that everyone sees as some point in their lives. There are also lots of astronomy facts and displays around to teach kids about space and the planets and so on.

    The best part about this place, and you can ask anybody, is that from here you get the best view of the Chicago skyline. And when you are done, there is a beach right next door so you can...Read More

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by Buck Wild

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I've been coming here for longer than I care to admit. Who isn't fascinated with astronomy? Excellent adventure for the little ones. Definitely keeps them entertained with a myriad of hands on stations and activities. Don't miss the Sky Theatre experience. The surrounding breakwater is a super cool spot to watch Navy Pier fireworks and the observatory (outside to the east) is even open occasionally. While you're here take a stroll to the shipwreck (yup that's what those timbers are near the beach). Shoreline erosion caused by the construction of the planetarium in 1925 exposed the hull of the schooner (unnamed), which is an estimated 140 feet long. A sizeable portion of the ship can be seen just south of the planetarium. A short walk farther south is the Daphne Garden art pieces at on Northerly Island. Enjoy.

by Jessie Fox

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I enjoyed the show they had while I was there. There was the obvious stuff about the milky way galaxy, but I also liked learning about nearby star clusters. The voiceover was done by a professional actor, so it made for a good production. The price was worth it, I would recommend this to my friends and family as a good place to go to learn about space and our nearby stars. It's amazing to think of the stars that are billions of miles away and see this described visually through the presentation. I am a big fan of Galileo's scientific discoveries, and liked to learn a little about the history of Astronomy as well. Anyways, the video was good and it covered your full vision. If you are interested in space and astronomy, then this is worth checking out. I even stayed afterwards to ask some questions to one of the people at the door about Neptune and Saturn which are some of my favorite planets.

by John Wilkie

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You will not really get the kind of exorbitant exhibits you see at the aquarium or the field and science and industry museums, but the planetarium show is pretty good. It is something that I recommend that everyone sees as some point in their lives. There are also lots of astronomy facts and displays around to teach kids about space and the planets and so on.

The best part about this place, and you can ask anybody, is that from here you get the best view of the Chicago skyline. And when you are done, there is a beach right next door so you can have fun in the lake and sand for a while before heading home.

Great location that everyone should check out.

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