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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Waco
"Fun Attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 12, 2018 NEW
Travelling with a couple of older teenagers. We really enjoyed Planet 9. There were plenty of exhibits to keep them interested. Plus you can touch a rock from Mars, and another from the moon! Our guide in the sphere was more than a little disinterested, that made the 30 minute wait seem a bit of a waste. Get a CityPass. Skip some lines.
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Jason F
Ann Arbor, Michigan
"Small, but high-quality set of kid-friendly exhibits"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2018 NEW
My family was pleasantly surprised by the exhibits. There are a number of kid-friendly activities and basic info about the solar system, but also some interesting material for adults regarding what we know about the universe. The exhibits aren't large, and can comfortably be explored in an hour. This may make the most sense if you already have a basic admission via reciprocity or a city-wide pass, and are visiting nearby museums. One of the highlights is free: there are great views of the Chicago skyline outside, especially on a clear summer day.
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Kenny G
Noblesville, Indiana
"First Planetarium in the West"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2018 NEW
The shows are the star attraction at this place. We watched two. The rest of this was just ok. I do recommend a Go City pass to save a lot of money.
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Melissa H
"Fun way to spend a day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 07, 2018 NEW
We did the Adler Planetarium today and really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the Skywatch show and the show called Planet Nine. We did not get a chance to see the old Adler exhibit but maybe next time. Also, I really liked the array of healthier options in their cafe.
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Jeanette M
"Interesting but not a lot of exhibits "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 05, 2018 NEW
We bought the city pass, but I wouldn’t have paid for it separately. It was a 90+ degree day, so it was great to be indoors. We didn’t have children with us but this would be great for kids, they have interactive areas. I get motion sickness so the auditorium movies made me ill but they were so cool & interesting.
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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.