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.

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Dubai
"Great for kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 22, 2017 NEW
A well designed and informative museum with lots of things for children to interact with. More of a family place with the exhibits designed with a young audience in mind. The various movie experiences were great - would have been better to have more time to consider which performances to book rather than having to book when getting main entrance tickets.
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Mary A
"Beautiful Art Deco entrance for an average planetarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 21, 2017 NEW
Upsides: - Wonderful Art Deco building with zodiac sign reliefs on the outside.. - Some interesting pieces like Gemini 12. - Adequate sky theater with humorous Planet Nine presentation. Downsides: - New building hides half of the Art Deco building. - Content mostly oriented towards kids or complete beginners in astronomy but not adapted to adults with some knowledge of it. - Sky theater way too expensive, as usual when individual tickets have to compensate for City Pass discounts.
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hyk05
"An okay planetarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 21, 2017 NEW
The planetarium was fine but not special. The one show, The ninth planet, which we had to pay extra for was very good. The regular exhibits were a bit old and tired. Having been to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC several times, this planetarium suffered by comparison.
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Jackordaz
Mazatlan, Mexico
"average to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2017 NEW
its illustrative this attraction but does not offer much compared to other that comes included in the city pass
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susi23
long island, ny
"Great place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2017 NEW
First time to Chicago and this place is beautiful and awesome. We enjoyed the show and the food in cafeteria were great. We love the scenery there. Definitely will be back.
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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.