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.

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Tonya G
"Out of this world!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2017 NEW
This is the absolute best Planetarium I have every experienced! I was not enthusiastic about visiting a planetarium as I have found them dull in the past, but I brought my kids and hoped to stay awake throughout the afternoon.To my surprise, I was intrigued from the first exhibit until even now! The two shows (Planet Nine and Destination: Solar System) we saw were very informative as well as entertaining. The narrators were engaging and lively. The kids enjoyed all of the hands-on exhibits and the children’s play area. Even after you leave there’s lots to explore in the areas surrounding building. The observatory was closed when we visited so we just walked around and enjoyed the view of the Chicago skyline.
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Sao Paulo, SP
"Original Gemini and Apollo 13 instruments"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2017 NEW
A great surprise! The building itself is magnificent. I loved to see an original Gemini spacecraft, and Apollo 13 instruments. Planet 9 movie at Space Theater was also amazing. It's also a beautiful walk from there to Millenium Park.
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Dallas, Texas
"Shows are worth the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2017 NEW
This is part of what I call museum row--Natural History (Field Museum, Aquarium, and the Planetarium. I think the formal name is museum campus. All are great. We went here to see one of the shows and ended up seeing the Solar Universe program. The basic admission which includes all exhibits and one show is basically $25 for an adult ($24.95). There are three or four floor of exhibits but we sort of cruised through those and did not spend much time on any one exhibit. It was cool to see how tiny to the old space capsule was where the astronauts sat back in the 1960s. The highlight was the show, which is like an IMAX presentation. 30 minutes long, it was really well done. The quality is very good and the program was both entertaining and informative. I would recommend this place. If you want to do more than one museum, it makes sense to get a city pass which gives you a discount.
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"Great for a private function "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 12, 2017 NEW
Recently we attended an after hours business function at Adler Planetarium. What an impressive venue. The cocktail hour was in a room that felt like you were on a space station. Our meeting was in the planetarium where we also watched a show that felt like we were flying through space. Dinner was held in the outer space area where we were able to see the exhibits. All that plus an amazing view of the Lake and city skyline. Truly spectacular.
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Shubh K
Vienna, Virginia
"A little underwhelming"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 12, 2017 NEW
Most of the shows were sold out before we arrived, so we were limited in what we were able to see. One of the shows that we saw was actually very interesting in that it was a live narration. The surrounding area outside of the building provides a beautiful view of the Lake Michigan shoreline along with the Chicago skyline.
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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.