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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Sarah E
"Lots to see!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2018 NEW
We paid for entrance with 1 planetarium show. There are so many interesting displays you could easily spend most of a day here if you read everything. The sky at night show talks you through what you can expect to see here in Chicago that night so changes each day & the guide was great, asking visitors what they wanted to know about & tailoring the show accordingly. Brilliant! Loved being able to watch the first moon landing on an olde worlde TV & see the space capsule. As Wallace & Gromit would say, “it’s grand day out!”
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"Citypass is the way to go!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2018 NEW
There is so much to see in the Adler Planetarium! We use the Citypass, which makes it well worth it. I don't know that I would have gone paying without a discount. The planetarium sits on Lake Michigan and the views are amazing! The building alone is a sight to see! Some of the exhibits do need updates. The IMAX show, Passport Universe, was educational. We waited too long for the Atwood Sphere but our experience with that was ruined by a child interrupting constantly and apparently not controlled by an adult. I'm still glad we did it because the history of the Atwood sphere. Beware: the planetarium closes early. So glad we visited the Adler Planetarium!
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"Interesting place but not top Chicago destination"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
We had a nice time at the planetarium - highlight/must see are the films they show. But other than that it wasn't as engaging as the many other sights available in Chicago. You don't need to commit much time there but given the price, maybe check out other museums instead. The area around the planetarium was very nice for walking/biking/getting a great view of the city and lake.
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Ian S
Bristol, United Kingdom
"Not what we expected, a little dull"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2018 NEW
I’m not sure what we expected exactly but it wasn’t what we found at the Planetarium. The girl on the front desk was short and acted like she couldn’t be bothered. The majority of the exhibits looked old and dated, some didn’t work and most of them just had loads of text to read, we found this quite boring. The cafe also shut early and we had to hang around for our IMAX slot. The IMAX theatre was cool but it was explained exactly what we were going to watch and I think we’d prefer something more general about the solar system rather than about the new planet.
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Danielle W
Marissa, Illinois
"Stellar Planetarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2018 NEW
I love space and its exploration. I really love learning about the stars, planets, and all other stellar phenomena. The planetarium was very educational and relevant. I would highly recommend adding this attraction to your travel itinerary. I loved the two shows Planet Nine and Passport: Universe. It was a great way to spend a rainy/stormy day.
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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.