Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL

1300 South Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605
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$34.95
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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.

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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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petra h
Helsinki, Finland
"The movies were the best! Check the movie times before!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 25, 2017 NEW
I have mixed feeling about this one. The movies were great. But. We got lost inside a million times searching for the movies and the staff wasn't really helpful or happy to help. Definitely take a walk around, the views are magnificent!
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Claudette C
"Nice history of moon mission "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
This was a stop on a recent trip. I was pleased to see the Mission to the Moon exhibit. I remember the Gemini series and the July 1969 moon landing. Seeing the Gemini 12 spacecraft was really interesting. We went to two of the movies-they were both really well done and I like that they are using this method of teaching people about space. We also enjoyed the extensive collection of sundials, telescopes and the history behind these instruments. The museum is small and older though in good repair. I would allow about 1 1/2 for the museum and some time for the movies (each are 30 minutes)
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Rob H
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
"Great for kids, films and lower floor are good"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2017 NEW
This place is a great visit for kids but for adults it's not that interesting. Lower floors display some historical instruments but sometimes the setup is a little to basic. Great for kids however. The movie shows are interesting to see. I just made a program to see the movies and in between looked around. There was not to much crowd when I was there so staff had time to talk.
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Tommy H
Los Angeles, California
"Long line, staff at ticketing working SLOWLY"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2017 NEW
I have CityPass and should have fast access for entrance. The line was really long and everyone is not too happy about how they working really slowly. it is faster than the regular admission a little, but really a little since the regular admission has more counter and staff working at regular admission working more efficiently compared to citypass entrance
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theschuay86
Vancouver, Canada
"Shows are Fantastic"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2017 NEW
Not much else other than the shows, but the shows are definitely worth it. It is also a cool historic building.
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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.