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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 #77 of 309 Attractions 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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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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Milwaukee, WI
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14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Its not a big place. The exhibits are very well done. The shows are extra and I fell asleep in one of them after walking around all day. I think kids need to be at least 7 or 8 to get anything our of the museum. Layout is a little confusing. You can bring in lunch, they have lockers. Great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

It has been over 10 years since I last visited the Adler. The old Zeiss projector was still in use for the star shows. With two new star theatres the number an variety of shows is amazing. We attended 4 shows during our visit (one intended for young children) and they were all excellent. Highly recommend the all inclusive pass... More 

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Freeport, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is a museum that children would love. Wanted to do the shows but they were all sold out until the afternoon. I'm sure the shows are amazing.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Visited the planetarium with a group of friends from UK. We had purchased the City Pass which was great value and allowed us fast pass entry into the exhibits. The artifacts are very interesting and there is lots to see and do - we were able to visit 2 shows on our city pass ticket and these were brilliant. We... More 

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Green Bay, WI
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12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Went here with three six year olds and one eight year old. This museum has so many abstract concepts it is difficult for the sixes to get it. The eight year old was clicked in. We went to the Solar System movie and it was great for all ages. A lot of fun.

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Detroit, Michigan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It was pretty fun. I guess for the price I was expecting MUCH more. I'm glad we got a show with our ticket, otherwise It would have been pretty boring. I actually think they should offer a show only ticket which is what I originally wanted. Its a great place for children to learn and explore.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The information offered by the Adler kept children and parents informed and involved. The shows were well presented with a little audience participation. There was no chance for boredom. We arrived by bus and found this an excellent way to arrive at the venue. Prices were good but found The CITY PASS to offer the best price advantage with a... More 

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Nashville, TN
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101 reviews 101 reviews
40 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We visited the planetarium on the Tuesday before New Year's, right when everyone else decided that they would go visit the local attractions as well. This made for a pretty packed experience, with a number of sold out shows, etc. The crowds, however, weren't what made this visit a little less than excellent. My 7 year old just seemed to... More 

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Texas
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Adler planetarium is remarkable. It really highlights not only space but space exploration. The exhibits are educational and fun. I really enjoyed looking at the antique telescopes. Adler has lots of interactive exhibits to keep little and big kids entertained. Easily done in an afternoon.

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