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 Cosmic Wonder, 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.
  • The first planetarium in the United States of America.
  • All Access Pass includes unlimited shows, all exhibits, and the Atwood Sphere Experience.
  • Parking available in the lot adjacent to the planetarium.

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Description

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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 Cosmic Wonder, 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 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 an Anytime All-Access Pass provides at the world’s most advanced planetarium. Discover all the live shows, including Cosmic Wonder, a journey to the deepest reaches of space, from the birth of stars to the mystery of dark matter; 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.

Note: All tickets expire One (1) year from date of purchase.

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MaryinChicago
Chicago, Illinois
"Introduction to Space: The Last Frontier"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
During my visit on Presidents' Day, I enjoyed the excellent space exploration exhibit. Especially interesting was the recent wall related to the "Hidden Figures" story and movie. I noticed the additions of more hands-on activities for children of various ages. By the way, Illinois residents showing proof of residency were allowed free general admission that day and people of all ages were visiting. I didn't go to any of the shows this time but I have enjoyed them in the past. Viewing the planetary exhibit always helps me gain perspective and appreciation for those who venture out into "The Last Frontier."
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TL_Q_2015
De Pere, Wisconsin
"Great planetarium "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2018 NEW
We came late on a Saturday and were able to enjoy the planetarium for 2 hours- would have liked to get there earlier to enjoy an extra hour. They close at 4 so plan appropriately. The Flat screen Universe show was worth it and my kids really enjoyed the family area with Mission Control, Rocket Launch, space ship and space walk. We got to see an actual moon rock. Something for everyone in the family! The telescope exhibit was interesting and the Big Bang/ Universe creation was excellent!
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William C
Appleton, Wisconsin
"The world is a small place indeed"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2018 NEW
It was interesting to see all about our solar system and galaxy. Lots of things to see. The estimate of 4 - 6 hours to visit is about right depending on what shows you see. Parking is near by but costs $20.00 for the day.
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Jason S
Pennsylvania
"Decent, not amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2018 NEW
With our tickets, we got 2 shows. The one about the 9 planet was good, the other put us both to sleep. Unfortunately, because we did the two shows it didn't allow us to see most of the planetarium. What we saw seemed cool.
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia
"Great museum with best city views"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2018 NEW
First, the museum is very interesting for both, children and adults. A lot of information presented in an interesting way, interactive tools, movies, scale models etc. Second, the walk in front of it offers absolutely the best views of Chicago skyline.
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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.