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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 #124 of 362 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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Elgin, SC
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69 reviews 69 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I am not a "planetarium" person. We had originally planned to visit the aquarium, but the line was incredibly long and we only had about three hours, so we moseyed on over to the planetarium. The art outside and inside is beautiful, and I did learn a few things. My favorite part was the interactive area. Here I am, a... More

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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Wonderful exhibits with many unique opportunities to learn about outerspace and our universe. The shows are so well-done and do educational. We spend a fabulous morning exploring the wonders of space and the constellations and learning about the mysteries of our galaxy. Bravo!

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Columbiaville, Michigan, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Wonderful place to visit and excellent shows to be seen! The displays are very hands-on and fun for both kids and adults alike. Wonderful staff!

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Idaho Falls, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The Chicago City Pass got us discounted admission plus shows and expedited entry. We enjoyed seeing the moon rover and all the information on space travel. It is a hands on experience and the grand children loved it. There is something for every age here and it is easy to get around. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Highly... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I had never been to a planetarium before, so I wanted to do something different. It was surprisingly expensive for admission and to see one specialty show. It took a little to much time to see everything and I felt bored from time to time. I would go to the aquarium next time.

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Heyworth, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We arrived as they were opening because we needed to switch our tickets from the day before because of a delay with the train. That went extremely smooth since we had called to request the change. We saw the Cosmic show and the Nightfall show. Both were very good and about 30 minutes each. This was our first time, so... More

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Prescott, Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This was not as great as I was hoping it would be. We seemed to be rushed through this and the show was not great at all. I was highly disappointed in the time we spent there. It was a clean museum however, I would not pay to go back.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

My husband and I spent a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon at Adler Planetarium. There are some interesting exhibits and shows. We used our CityPASS for admission. I am not sure if we would have come to Adler otherwise, but glad we did. I liked the telescopes and the Atwood Sphere best.

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Columbus Ohio
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155 reviews 155 reviews
106 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Smaller than expected, misinformed with shows and tickets. Some of the exhibits were nice, most was just reading. Pros: The shows are good but not worth it. Some exhibits are nice. Cons: Way overpriced considering all shows are extra. Shows are $10/person. Too many exhibits are not working or broke. Helpful Info: 1. Parking is $10 right next to the... More

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Erie, Illinois
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Here's the thing about the Adler: If you're in Chicago for just a few days, it's probably not where you want to spend your time. It's a great place to visit, especially with the shows, but there are a lot of better places to see while in Chicago. If you have more time and have already had a chance to... More

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