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Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
312 922 7827
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Ranked #112 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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Plover, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Omaha, Nebraska
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586 reviews 586 reviews
465 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is right down by the water, the show is quite good and the facility is state of the art. I really enjoy it especially on a hot day.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Overpriced for what you get. We decided to check it out as the line up for the Shedd was too long and we did that on our last trip. Very disappointed with not only the attractions but also the movie .. It was very outdated and sadly I fell asleep LOL Wait in line for the Shedd

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Dorset, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This attraction does have a fair number of visitors but we did not feel so overwhelmed as in the aquarium. There were still lots of activities for children but I think adults also did well. Staff were keen to share their enthusiasm and were polite and friendly. The cafe was reasonably priced and had magnificent views of the lake. We... More

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New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were a bit disappointed, we both loved - star/planetarium stuff, but found ourselves bored. If you are a kid or love to read, press buttons and learn about space its an okay experience. But The price is a bit steep for what it is.

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San José, Costa Rica
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30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you want to see a nice view of the city, go there! Is so cool, but if you go and expect for fun and entertainment, your wrong. This place is boring and with no room for fun... Don´t waste time and money.

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