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Address: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number: 312 922 7827
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Adler has a prime location on the lake, but keeps its eyes on the...
The Adler has a prime location on the lake, but keeps its eyes on the stars.
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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
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Built for Children

Visited recently and really enjoyed the Adler Planetarium but it was clear that many of the areas were built for children - which is absolutely fine. No mega criticism. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Lenox, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

For the cost of this museum, you expect a world class facility. Unfortunately, it is anything but. Most of its exhibits are old and not fit for the digital age. You are better of going to another museum of which there are plenty great ones in Chicago.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Visited recently and really enjoyed the Adler Planetarium but it was clear that many of the areas were built for children - which is absolutely fine. No mega criticism. The special section on the Apollo missions was fantastic with real memorabilia from some of the missions. Amazing to thing people 'popped' back from space in something so seemingly flimsy! More... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

great MOON exploration exhibit; great children's sections. We went to the basic Cosmic film/experience, Interesting and excellent narration. These events are very popular and book early. Would have liked to attend other shows but didn't have time day we were there. Only issue --- a family had a crying baby in the show; usher tried to get them to leave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Great place to take the kids to get hands on experience of astronomy. The presentation is very fun and interesting

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Kids will have a wonderful time here. For adults, you will like it if you want to know more about planets and solar system. We liked their Omnimax theater. We spent couple of hours at this planetarium.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Make sure you get the full ticket to see the planetarium sky shows. There is also a small ticket discount for seniors, but you have to ask as it is not shown on the board. Plenty to see, allow at least half a day.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

To get to the Adler, you must do a lot of walking if you don't take a bus. From it's closest museum partner (the Shedd), it still took around 25 min to walk to it. You do get a beautiful view of the Chicago skyline if the weather permits it. Once inside they have movie theater that it pretty cool,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The Adler is cool to visit but you should really check out Adler after Dark. Its 21 and up and you tour the adler after hours. There are stations setup where you can buy alcoholic beverages. Very cool experience.

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Alton Bay, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The staff were very helpful and it was a good interaction area for kids. The parking is very convenient and is a great place to walk around after you spend some time in the planetarium. There is a charge for most of the things you do in there but you can keep yourself busy spending time in the general admission... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Visiting planetarium was fun, especially that this was our first time. It was not too crowded the Saturday we visited and even parking was not too hard to find, maybe because it was quite expensive ($29). When you enter, you have to decide what you are seeing- either exhibitions or exhibitions&shows. We went for a package with shows as we... More 

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Additional Information about Adler Planetarium

Address: Address: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number: 312 922 7827
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > South Loop
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you happen to visit during football season, you may bump into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park is one of Chicago’s premier locations for green space and recreation with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Take a stroll down memory lane in the historic Prairie District where you can enjoy views of old historic homes. Restaurants, theaters, and clubs are spread throughout the neighborhood along with a collection of burger joints along Michigan Avenue just across from the park.