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Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
312 922 7827
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Ranked #95 of 307 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Adler has a prime location on the lake, but keeps its eyes on the...
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner 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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New York, New York, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This was truly a magical experience thanks to tripadvisor.com, me and my wife were checking out sites in Chicago on tripadvisor.com and came upon The Adler Planetarium. Both me and my wife love space, astronomy, and star gazing so we just had* to visit this place. When you arrive the art deco look of the building is truly amazing and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Adler has a wonderful mix of space exploration and astronomy, both current and historical. I was impressed that the sky show we watched was narrated live.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Some shows were a bit geared towards kiddies, but others were spectacular. The CosmicWonder show was unbelievable. The displays were interesting. The café and food choices were limited, so eat before to go!

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USA
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Went there today and was only planning on staying a couple hours. I did not know they had so many exhibits. The crowds were not too bad, and I can just imagine what it's like in the summer! We still ended up rushing through parts of it to make the shows that were playing but all was worth it. Worth... More 

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Lake Mary, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This was nice for my kids. Nice family day trip, it was a little pricey. But just to say we did it hey one time was good and the kids really enjoyed it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

First time my wife and I went and we enjoyed ourselves. We did two show and walked through all exhibits within about three hours. We are not big science buffs or set amongst the stars but we still had plenty of fun!

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I visited the Aquarium as well as the Planetarium in the museum campus but ended up liking the former more. The planetarium is a bit of a walk down from the aquarium and on the way we get to see some beautiful sculptures based on different zodiacs. The planetary show was average. After that we took a walk along the... More 

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Minnesota
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I like this museum because after spending 4-5 hours at the Field Museum, we still had enough energy for a 2 hour run through and this was just the right size. It isn't an all day trip, it is just a couple hours. Take in a movie and it can be longer and more fun, but the exhibits themselves are... More 

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a great little museum displaying Space Exploration, Space and the Universe. It takes about 60-90 minutes to navigate the displays. I did not see any shows, but I thought the displays were interesting and well curated.. A really solid little museum and, obviously, a planetarium.

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I think we were there for 2 hours and we might have seen 10% of it. There are so many interactive and entertaining exhibits that it's hard to experience it all. I would definitely recommend it for anyone with kids under the age of 16. You really don't even have to pay extra for the show, the exhibits are that... More 

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