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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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 premiere 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 premiere 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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Derby, United Kingdom
"Fantastic but overpriced"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
Like all tourist attractions in Chicago, it is overpriced. Great if you pay the 99 dollars for a pass to lots of tourist attractions but if you're only in town for a few days and don't buy this, each individual attraction is expensive. It's a great place to visit on a rainy day and lots of things to see and learn, but when we have so many attractions like the Science Museum in London for free back in the UK, it felt like a bit of a rip off, especially when you have to spend quite a bit extra to go and see the shows that are on throughout the day.
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Camberley, United Kingdom
"Ok. Passed a few hours whilst it rained"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2017 NEW
If the weather had been good we wouldn't have caught the 146 bus to this attraction. It was and we did. I thought it very expensive for what it was. We bought the €35 tickets and in the time we had we saw four shows. There was some overlap in them. The narrators or presenters were all excellent I must say. My husband thought the shows were all a bit too dumb downed but I'm not sure. We had lunch there too. As ever one sandwich was enough for both of us. We really liked the Sphere experience. Lots of reading. Not sure all the children there would have got that much from their visit.
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Pennant Hills, Australia
"One of the better planetariums"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2017 NEW
Stopped here as an attraction on the Chicago Go Card, enjoyed the two movies we saw, I guess my only complaint would be the number of school children here, but you have to expect that at such an educational place.
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Ravi N
Waukesha, Wisconsin
"For a 5yo obsessed with space..."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2017 NEW
... there isn't a better place in the Midwest. The basic entry is inexpensive, especially after the anchor price of the other packages that you might be offered. Add in a show and you have enough to spend a day at the planetarium. The exhibits are entertaining for a wide range of audiences. Several are catered for kids and younger kids, so you can leave them be while you wander around. If you get a chance to see the sun through the telescope out back, take the opportunity. We did the Solar System show, and it was great. Not a lot of new information, but the host Jessie brought it all together. Very entertaining.
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Alanda L
Des Moines, Iowa
"I am so a science geek"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2017 NEW
My husband and I went to Chicago for the weekend and we went to the planetarium as an activity. First I want to say that when we go back we will plan better because the lines were insane and by the time we got to the ticket counter (30 minutes later) the shows were sold out. but we still enjoyed the museum itself and they have the hidden figures exhibit which was amazing. When we go back, this will be on our list of places to visit.
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Adler Planetarium is located at 1300 South Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605
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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.