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Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
312 922 7827
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Ranked #117 of 373 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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Calgary, Canada
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103 reviews 103 reviews
27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I haven't visited a Planetarium since I was a kid, it was fun to take my kids (6 and 8) who really enjoyed themselves. They had a traditional planetarium and another more hi-tech show, my kids enjoyed both. If you can, skip the cafeteria, the food was bland and not worth the $$ you had to pay to get it.

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Toronto, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I should clarify first that my rating reflects my experience going there as an adult with my boyfriend, who's a bit of a nerd that loves this stuff. We were both disappointed with how basic a lot of the information available was. Even after walking through the entire place (which did not take long), we found that in spite of... More

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Knoxville, TN
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150 reviews 150 reviews
45 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

My husband and I paid a visit to the Alder Planetarium on our short visit to Chicago. He is much more "into the stars" than I am, but I still find it fascinating..but you know...I would not want to go there! Too dark...too cold....bla bla bla! Anyway....we signed up for a couple of the shows and timed our visit to... More

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Houston, Texas
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I suppose I was expecting a bit more upon reading reviews. It was still interesting and I enjoyed myself, however, I made my way around the entire building pretty quickly. The saving grace were the movies - one in 3D and the other in the main Sky Theater. Other than that, perhaps save it for visiting with kids, I think... More

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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I'm nearly 30 but I am so fascinated by space... give me Nova, give me Through the Wormhole, give me Cosmos, give me any YouTube search on "space" and I'm set. I thought the Planetarium would be a nice place to visit with some friends (all around my age). Well, it was... okay. It's normal that a museum like this... More

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Germantown, Tennessee
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My 15-year old son & I thoroughly enjoyed the planetarium, its exhibits & the Night Sky presentation. Loved the displays on the progression of timekeeping instruments and the solar system displays upstairs. This place would be great for preschoolers to high schoolers. The views of Lake Michigan from the top level made it worth the visit, and the restaurant on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I had no idea what I'd find at the Ader Planetarium and being a fan of space wanted to find out. We went to the night sky show (need to go again in the other seasons to see the rest of the stars) and did the Historic Atwood Experience - both were entertaining and informative. My niece loved the jump... More

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Smyrna, Georgia
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

Could be so much more. Programs dumbed down, didn't really learn anything from them. Well produced visually but I expect a higher standard of facts and detail. Exhibits seem a bit dated. This is the place that should inspire a reinvigoration of space exploration but it feels much like the US space program, as if it peaked a few decades... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We came to this place in the morning when the city looks beautiful from afar. It has a great view of the Chicago city skyline; lovely walk tracks where people were jogging - practicing for the Chicago marathon the next day. The shows were nice though a bit pricey i thought. - $103 for 3 adults and a kid after... More

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We were looking forward to the Planetarium and were a little disappointed. It just didn't meet our expectations. Unfortunately, we were only able to take in one show with our ticket due to how the shows were scheduled and their limited hours. My favorite exhibit was the restored Gemini 12 spacecraft and the James Lovell Collection. We are glad we... More

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