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Adler Planetarium

Address: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number: 312 922 7827
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Ranked #101 of 946 things to do 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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San Antonio, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I went to two shows as well as went through a number of the exhibits. It's all very well done. I was especially intrigued with the Historic Atwood Sphere. It's the original sphere built in 1913. I thought it was brilliant and showed how early planetariums worked and showed what the stars looked like in 1913 Chicago. The shows were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This planetarium was great! I especially recommend watching the "Cosmic Wanders" show. It was very interesting and inspirational. I must warn you though, you're gonna feel pretty small by the end of the show.

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Humboldt, IL
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

There was a great deal for all ages here. However, the hidden gem is their restaurant. Not your typical museum food at all. It was a spectacular time with very good food. We will return.

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3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Even if you do not go inside the Planetarium, you need to make the trek to the location. The photo opp of Chicago is one of the best.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We missed visiting the attraction in summer and kept it for the winter - would say it was the best decision. Definitely a great place to visit in Chicago if you are into astronomy or astro-physics. I went with my wife but felt they had more stuff to do with kids. There were shows that were more suited for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I came here not really sure what to expect, from the moment i walked into the door the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the shows are incredible, i could stare at the dome full of stars for the rest of my life, the exhibits are interactive but more for the children, however it does bring out the inner child,... More 

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Cleveland, OH
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

After being in our hotel room on the day of the blizzard we were ready to venture out to see the city. We spent the day at the Adler planetarium. We were a little overwhelmed when handed a sheet with all of the shows that day and had to let the ticket agent know what shows we would see and... More 

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Macomb, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Visited the Adler Planetarium for a day. I hadn't been there for 50 years. What a fantastic place. Interactive exhibits, demonstrations, and shows make this a must see when visiting Chicago. We went later morning as many of the shows start around mid day. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We will be taking our grandson up this summer... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I went mid-week expecting it to be quiet but instead it was overrun with school parties. The main exhibits seemed pretty simplistic with the standard facts a schoolkid would be expected to write down... perhaps there were more adult-themed exhibits somewhere but I didn't find them. One good point is that Illinois residents (plus one guest each) get in free.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Being in the far west corner of Chicago, the planetarium was difficult to get to but I was quite impressed by the experience. It may seem like it’s more for kids or for space buffs but they cater to everyone. If I could sum it up in one line, their goal would be to reconnect people with their most ancient... More 

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