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

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 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.

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Narasimha B
San Jose, California
"Nice educative place for kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 06, 2017 NEW
It is very nice and educative place for kids with good shows. i do not recommend this for couple or elders, it may be boring especially if you have visited good observatories already. Well, the thursday night programme sounds good but didn't get a chance to be in Chicago on a thursday. Look out for this and plan accordingly.
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judy8000
Chicago, Illinois
"FUN AND INFORMATIVE!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 06, 2017 NEW
We had a great time. The Planetarium was great! A lot to do and see. We saw 4 great 30 minute movies. We met with an Astrologer who answered any questions we had and showed several demonstrations.
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alexf1347
Colorado Springs, Colorado
"If you know about the stars, skip it"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 06, 2017 NEW
The Adler is nothing special when it comes to space exploration. It is a great spot for kids who know nothing about outer space. The signs are informative for adults. The sky shows are a lot of fun.
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Catherine C
"Love the Adler! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 25, 2017 NEW
I've taken my son to the Family Edition of Adler After Dark twice now and we love it! Everyone who works there is friendly and helpful and there is so much to see and do! It has many interactive exhibits and several theaters with wonderful, informative shows. It is great for adults AND kids! There is a cafe restaurant with a view of the lake and the city skyline. The gift shop is awesome as well! Next to Museum of Science & Industry, Adler is our favorite in Chicago! Can't be the parking directly next to the Planetarium; it's very convenient and worth the cost to be steps away.
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Pam M
White Hall, Maryland
"Adler Planetarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
Approaching the Planetarium, you see the beauty in this lovely old stone building. The displays were engaging and loved the documentary on Scott Kelly's year in space aboard the International Space Station.
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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.