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Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
312 922 7827
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As featured in 3 days in Chicago
Ranked #114 of 367 attractions in Chicago
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Adler has a prime location on the lake, but keeps its eyes on the stars.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The Adler lacks some of the glitz of other museums here, but it provides a good intro to the wonders of space science. A bit of a confusing price structure at admission--you have to pick one of several shows or upgrade to a multi-show package at a slightly higher price. I attended the night sky presentation, an overhead projection showing... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful building on the outside, but leaves you wanting. The displays are too childish. This place is great for people with limited knowledge of space, planets, stars, etc. For those with higher than a fifth grade understanding are left wanting more. There isn't anything that challenges or impresses those people. Another problem was that this is filled... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It is a nice visit and very educational. I would just add more people to the front desk, there was more than 30 min of waiting to get the tickets, it was saturday at 11am.

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Austin, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I was honestly hoping for more. Being one of the oldest planetariums with such a great reputation. The location is beautiful, and you get some great views. The exhibits are meh, except for the downstairs one about the history of cosmology, it was really cool to see. It's the shows that are worth while. We saw two, but wish we... More

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Edmonton
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the planetarium! This place is equally as exciting for all age groups. Our children's ages range from 7 to 11 and they all had a great time. My husband had as much fun as they did! The exhibits are engaging and interesting. My oldest daughter says: "The planetarium was cool and interactive. The... More

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Belle Mead, New Jersey
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26 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Alder was the first planetarium in the western hemisphere and is the oldest currently in operation. I wanted to make a point of seeing it since I'm into astronomy but I was slightly disappointed. First of all, it's FAR. If you don't drive there, brace yourself (or rent a bike), especially if you're coming from the east side. Second, buy... More

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Ankeny, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had the City Pass and spent about 4 hours here. The City Pass gets you plenty here. The kids enjoyed the premier show - Destination Solar System. We also saw the night sky live which is a narrated show showing you the constellations. Also saw welcome to the universe. The Atwood Sphere is good as well pointing out the... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Husband and I enjoyed our day at the Adler Planetarium. We felt that it was presented very well and very informative, but not for very young children. The auditorium shows are spectacular, but once again geared for older children. The exhibits were very well prepared and very interesting. One thing that we enjoyed also was the cafeteria that served food... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I guess since I have been to Space and Rocker center in Huntsville, AL several times; Adler was disappointing. Very child friendly with layout and activities. However, the displays where limited and not hands on. The solar system area still has Pluto as a planet...so it just didn't inspire us. We didn't stick around for movie. Probably great if children... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you're already fairly educated about space sciences and history this place may not have much more to show you. However, if you are not, or if you have children, the Adler Planetarium will be a blast. If I'm being honest, I haven't been to any other planetarium and I may have had unrealistic expectations. The exhibits weren't dated and... More

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