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Adler Planetarium

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Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium is America’ first planetarium. Located on Chicago’s Museum Campus, along with The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium, Adler is a top Chicago attraction for families from around the world. Your admission includes VIP entry, one standard theater show, and admission to the Atwood Sphere Experience. It’s a must-see attraction for anyone with a love for all things space!

Hours

Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4pm
Saturday - Sunday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Please visit www.adlerplanetarium.org for a full list of hours and show times."
Please note, Go Chicago Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30pm, whichever comes first.

Closings

Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Redemption Instructions

Present your Go Chicago Card at any box office. Staff will provide you with tickets to the museum, the historic Atwood experience, and one 3-D show.

Note

On rare occasions this attraction closes early due to private functions outside of the control of the Go Chicago Card.

Special deal for Go Chicago cardholders: Add on any Adler Planetarium standard show for just $5 each (regularly $12.95)!  Fly through the Universe in Welcome to the Universe, learn about the stars with Big Bird and Elmo in One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, or tour the season’s constellations in Night Sky Live!  Add on unlimited show access for  $17.95, which includes the Adler Planetarium’s newest premier show Destination Solar System (opening May 16, 2014) where you explore the best of the Solar System in one unforgettable 30-minute tour.

Included Extra(s)

Skip the Line! Enter the museum via the South Box Office entrance.

Address

1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Driving Directions

From the city, north of the Museum: Take Lake Shore Drive (US-41) south past Grant Park. Continue south until the 18th street exit. Turn left on 18th street and continue as it bends left, becoming Museum Campus Drive. Continue right onto Solidarity Drive to Adler Planetarium.

From the city, south of the Museum: Take Lake Shore Drive (US-41) north. Continue on Lake Shore Drive until the 18th street exit. Turn right on 18th street and continue as it bends left, becoming Museum Campus Drive. Continue right onto Solidarity Drive to Adler Planetarium.

Public Transportation

By Bus: CTA bus #146 stops along Michigan Avenue north of the river and on State Street south of the river and will drop you off in front of Adler Planetarium.

By subway: CTA Orange, Red, or Green line. Exit the train at the Roosevelt stop. Then take CTA bus #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, which will drop you off in front of Adler Planetarium.

Adler Planetarium is designed for children of all ages to immerse themselves in the magic and wonder of space. With nine exciting special exhibits and multiple theaters, everyone can find a space adventure to appeal to his interests. Popular exhibits include “Planet Explorers,” which allows children to pilot their own space rocket and experience space-shuttle living, and “Shoot for the Moon,” which follows in the footsteps of Captain James A. Lovell, Jr., commander of the famous Apollo 13 mission. Don’t forget to enjoy the historic Atwood Sphere, the best place in Chicago to view the night sky without any light pollution.

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 4.6 out of 5 stars (based on 9 customer ratings)
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An Incredible Place
By happy from fairfield on
Pros:
Great detail, Solid Learning For, Excellent displays, Children
Cons:
Time, So Much Need A Lot,
Best Uses:
Plan For A Day,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Adler Planetarium:

This is a great place for fun, entertainment, and learning

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Amazing Adler!
By Susie Snowflake Verified Reviewer from Barrie, ON Canada on
Pros:
Space, Universe, Astronomy, Family Fun, Beautifully Designed, Educational
Cons:
Not for very young kids,
Best Uses:
Astronomy Education, Technology, 3D, Solar System Model,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Adler Planetarium:

We loved our visit to Adler Planetarium. It is beautifully located on the waterfront, and has a fantastic gift shop filled with educational toys and activities. The displays we're all well designed and executed, and have sparked my daughter's interest in astronomy and science in general. The lighting and interior were otherworldly and greatly enhanced our experience. The "3D Sun" show was very interesting and informative. I would go back to Adler in a heartbeat!

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Very Interesting Place If You Love Space
By Purple Nurple Verified Reviewer from Huron Twp., MI on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Adler Planetarium:

The older telescopes were very interesting to see.

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Amazing!
By nickmehul from Eden Prairie,MN on
Pros:
Friendly Environment, Good details, Tons Of Things To Learn, Amazing features
Cons:
no cons,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Adler Planetarium:

This has been a great site along the water edge for years. They have ongoing exhibits, and now feature Apollo 13, among others. Take a look at the layout below for the link of how the building has its exhibits. Admission is $10 for basic and $19 for Galaxy viewing (extra entries) and $23 for the full package. Open generally 10-4 daily and in the museum complex by Grant Park area.

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[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Wonderful experience about planets
By Krish Verified Reviewer from Saint Paul,MN on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Adler Planetarium:

Wonderful experience about planets kids will enjoy the 3D show

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

A must for space and science enthusiasts
By Bleeps Verified Reviewer from Central Massachusetts on
Pros:
Terrific shows, Exhibits
Best Uses:
Admission plus shows,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Adler Planetarium:

We were offered a choice of several of the day's shows to view, and they offer a wide range of options. We could easily have spent more than just one day here -- there was that much to see and do.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Fantastic and a must in Chicago
By Lawrence Verified Reviewer from Manchester England on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Adler Planetarium:

Absolutely breathtaking, you must do the imex show - it is as though you are there in the stars. By far the best show in chicago.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Suprise! a great place for little ones
By MillersMom from Boston, CA on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Adler Planetarium:

I was pleasantly surprised and how great the children's area was here - and not at all crowded. Almost had the place all to ourselves. Everyone had a good time from our 3 year old to our 8 year old. Spent so much time in the kid's area, actually never saw the rest of the place

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[10 of 11 customers found this review helpful]

a must
By Chicago fan Verified Reviewer from Kansas city, ks on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Adler Planetarium:

A must see... my daughter really enjoy everything about it specially the journey to the stars exhibit... how ever some employees weren't very helpfull guiding you where to go :(

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  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

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At a Glance

Address

1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: 312-922-7827

Website: www.adlerplanetarium.org

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