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Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
312 922 7827
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Ranked #111 of 367 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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Jackson, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The lobby has glass windows and you could see the skyline and the river clearly while sipping your hot coffee in their modern breakfast area. They offer yoga classes inside the planetarium every first Saturday of the class for a very reasonable fee and this serves as a basic day pass for the museum. If you are a yoga junkie,... More

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Washington DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I was disappointed. The quality of the show was passable at best and there was no attempt on the part of the planetarium to manage the long line that queued up for entry. We were told we were lucky there even was a line as often people just crowd into the atrium to wait. The exhibits were limited in number... More

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Destination Solar System show is a well spent 30 mn and extra fees discovering on a 360 degrees screen our solar system. The Night Sky Live show is as well a 360 degrees screen show giving you the basics about stars, the milky way, etc. I wouldn't spend my whole day there though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We were disheartened at the Disneyland-esque line at the Shedd Aquarium, so made our way to the Planetarium the next day. Let's just say we were happy we chose this over Shedd! It was Saturday of the long weekend, but no hassle with crowds inside. We bought All Access passes online, which let us SKIP the entrance line and have... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were not positive if this was going to be something that our boys (14 and 9) would be interested in, so we had planned for a short stop here after visiting the Shedd Aquarium. However, we were here for about 3-4 hours and could have stayed longer if time would have permitted. The building looks small from the outside,... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The shows in each of the different projection spaces are all good on their own. Typically the special show in the main projection hall is the best available. The standard exhibits are ok, but if you have seen them once there is nothing really to draw you back in.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We added Adler Planetarium to our list of things to do in Chicago. We were staying on the Miracle Mile anyway and a short cab ride made this attractions easy to do. Great entertainment and educational too. If we had planned ahead, we might have checked into reciprocal relationships with museums from our home area.

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We have been members here for years. We drove Dow on Labor Day weekend only to find out that they raised the parking to $49. No- that is not a typo. The planetarium was charging $49 free king dollars. There is no way I can afford that. Membership cancelled.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My plan was to visit the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium in one day, which got condensed into one afternoon. The Aquarium definitely takes several hours, so I'd suggest visiting that first. We were in the Planetarium until it closed, so we didn't get to see everything, but looking at the map, we got to see most of it.... More

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Hastings, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

we actually went 2 days because we got there late the first time. Definitely go early when you can see the shows - the exhibits only took 1-2 hrs to get through. You can certain tell which were the newer ones and which have been there for a while. Be prepared to read most of the exhibits - very interesting,... More

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