Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL

1300 South Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605
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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.

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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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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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Rhonda R
Naperville, Illinois
"Adler Visit Sparks New Interest In Universe"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2018 NEW
My family took a mini-vacation to the City of Chicago. Adler Planetarium was on the top of our list of places to visit. We purchased the All Access Pass which allowed us to attend two shows of our choice. We chose Skywatch Live & Cosmic Wonder. Both shows were approximately 30 minutes each. There was plenty of parking. In fact, we found parking right in front for $20. Not bad since we didn’t have far to walk. Both shows were very informative, and amazing. We really enjoyed the experience and plan on buying a membership. The experience left me more curious about the universe, the stars, the millions of years our solar system has been in existence, etc. I’m fascinated! I’m eager to learn more! We will definitely be back! 🌻🌻🌻
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2018 NEW
the Planetarium show panders to kids... hard... too... hard. not that I have anything against programming structured for young minds. that's fine. it's when it's obviously pandering that I have a problem. Content that is appropriate for kids should not and does not need to be a chore for adults to consume. the highlight is the Atwood sphere its intimate, and old-timey. a far better experience than the overall planetarium show. the exhibits are interesting and the Atwood sphere is good but they really need new programming in the planetarium itself.
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Jim Falls, Wisconsin
"Not Impressed... Would Not Return"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed April 07, 2018 NEW
First visit to Adler and it will be the only visit. We did not care for it. Place seemed old and out of date. Old looking exhibits and really not much to see. Maybe ok for families with little kids but thats about it. Overall pretty boring and uninteresting.
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"GREAT visit with kids under 10 yrs old"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 07, 2018 NEW
This is a family oriented museum with plenty of kid’s activities and movies. We spent only the morning here, and that was about right for our kid’s attention spans. Spending the whole day here would have been too much. Definitely worth the visit though. There are coat lockers in the front where you can securely lock up your stuff during your time in the planetarium.
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Jill D
Madison, Wisconsin
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 05, 2018 NEW
The vast universe is amazing to observe! Especially when we were in the room and they presented the universe, that was amazing! Allocate about 2-4 hours of visit to this place. If u got kids, they will love it as well as we adults love it too!
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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.