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Adler Planetarium

A $29.00 value, FREE with your Go Chicago Card!

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Adler Planetarium

The Go Chicago Card is your ticket to the best of the Adler Planetarium - including VIP entry, one 3-D theater show, and admission to the exciting Atwood Sphere. Take the helm in your own space adventure with nine exhibits and multiple theaters.

Don’t miss Planet Explorers, the newest permanent exhibition at the Adler Planetarium, designed for families with young children. Children take the helm in a space adventure—piloting a rocket, living in space on a shuttle, and exploring the environment of Planet X. The whole family will enjoy hands-on activities and more!

In Shoot for the Moon, follow in the footsteps of astronaut Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. as he experimented with liquid-fuel rockets and participated in NASA’s space race. Get up close to the Gemini 12 spacecraft (pictured above), which spent fourteen days in orbit around the Earth. Stop by the Moon Wall to view NASA’s most recent, high-resolution images of the Apollo moon-landing sites.

Finish your visit to the Adler Planetarium at the Café Galileo and enjoy its award-winning view of the Chicago skyline, then stop by the Adler Store for great clothing and gifts!

Hours

Summer: Daily, 9:30 am-6:00 pm
Winter: Daily, 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Please visit www.adlerplanetarium.org for a full list of hours and show times."

Closings

Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Redemption Instructions

Please present your go Chicago Card at any box office. For VIP Entry, enter the museum via the South Box Office entrance. Staff will validate your card, return it, and 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.

Included Extra(s)

In addition to VIP entry and general admission, your Go Chicago Card entitles you to the historic Atwood Sphere, and one 3-D theater show

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.

Get FREE tickets for the Historic Atwood Experience with your Go Chicago card. Take a tour inside Chicago’s oldest planetarium, the Atwood sphere. Constructed in 1913, this fifteen-foot sphere offers a piece of history and a tour of the dark night sky from Chicago—without the interference of light pollution.

The Adler's 3-D Universe Theater brings space to you, with your choice of one 3-D show (included with the Go Chicago card)

  • Space Junk 3D, a tour of the dangerous field of debris littering the orbital space around Earth
  • 3D Sun, an up-close view of the most powerful explosions in our solar system on the Sun

Special discount for Go Chicago cardholders: add an Adler Planetarium show in the Definiti Space Theater for just $5—50% off! Fly through the Universe in Journey to the Stars, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, 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! Please check website for show times.

Save on admission to the Adler Planetarium, plus Chicago's top museums, sights, and tours all for one low price with the Go Chicago Card!

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 4.6 out of 5 stars (based on 9 customer ratings)
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5
An Incredible Place
By happy from fairfield on
Pros:
Children, Excellent displays, Solid Learning For, Great detail
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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5
Amazing Adler!
By Susie Snowflake Verified Reviewer from Barrie, ON Canada on
Pros:
Universe, Astronomy, Beautifully Designed, Family Fun, Space, Educational
Cons:
Not for very young kids,
Best Uses:
3D, Technology, Astronomy Education, 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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4
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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4
Amazing!
By nickmehul from Eden Prairie,MN on
Pros:
Tons Of Things To Learn, Friendly Environment, Good details, 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]

3
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]

5
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]

5
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]

5
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]

5
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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  • Open year-round
  • 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: Adler Planetarium

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