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Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
312 922 7827
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Ranked #113 of 366 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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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We have been members here for years. We drove Dow on Labor Day weekend only to find out that they raised the parking to $49. No- that is not a typo. The planetarium was charging $49 free king dollars. There is no way I can afford that. Membership cancelled.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

My plan was to visit the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium in one day, which got condensed into one afternoon. The Aquarium definitely takes several hours, so I'd suggest visiting that first. We were in the Planetarium until it closed, so we didn't get to see everything, but looking at the map, we got to see most of it.... More

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Hastings, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

we actually went 2 days because we got there late the first time. Definitely go early when you can see the shows - the exhibits only took 1-2 hrs to get through. You can certain tell which were the newer ones and which have been there for a while. Be prepared to read most of the exhibits - very interesting,... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Wasn't overwhelmed by the planetarium. Your admission with the City Pass includes free shows. I would probably skip them since they aren't very interesting at all. We went through this place very quickly in a little more than an hour. It's not too big.

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Plover, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The shows are great. Make sure to ask which ones are geared to kids...because the ones that are for kids... REALLY are for kids. The kids experiential learning area is fantastic. The food in their cafe is shockingly good for museum food. We met with actual scientists and I was pretty amazed that they were out and about giving presentations... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I used the CityPass to have access to 4 shows! The shows were great and you didn't feel like you were learning at all!

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Paducah, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A must do. We purchased a city pass and this was one of the attractions. There were a lot of exhibits and the shows were great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

During a recent visit to Chicago, my wife and I stopped by the Adler Planetarium. While they had interestimg exhibits and shows, it really is geared to children probably between the ages of 7 to 15. Children, especially those interested in science, would really benefit from the easy to understand information that is presented. The Planetarium also has a nice... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The Adler has a lot of interesting exhibits that cover how the universe first started to present time. Many are hands on which the kids really like. Their sundial collection is quite extensive. We had a 9 year old girl in our party and had gone because she is interested in this area of science now. She liked the exhibit... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We just started visiting this museum much more this year compared to any other year, as my oldest child had developed an interest in exploring it more thoroughly and we have enjoyed that experience. They have movies just as they do at some of the other attractions in the area which we found pleasant. They have an interactive hands on... More

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