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Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
312 922 7827
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As featured in 3 days in Chicago
Ranked #114 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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Livonia, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Husband and I enjoyed our day at the Adler Planetarium. We felt that it was presented very well and very informative, but not for very young children. The auditorium shows are spectacular, but once again geared for older children. The exhibits were very well prepared and very interesting. One thing that we enjoyed also was the cafeteria that served food... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I guess since I have been to Space and Rocker center in Huntsville, AL several times; Adler was disappointing. Very child friendly with layout and activities. However, the displays where limited and not hands on. The solar system area still has Pluto as a planet...so it just didn't inspire us. We didn't stick around for movie. Probably great if children... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

If you're already fairly educated about space sciences and history this place may not have much more to show you. However, if you are not, or if you have children, the Adler Planetarium will be a blast. If I'm being honest, I haven't been to any other planetarium and I may have had unrealistic expectations. The exhibits weren't dated and... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Lots of really great things here for all ages. Interactive displays, science shows, special movies, it was all great.

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Dayton, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We have better planetariums in Dayton, Ohio (Boonshoft - exact same 'nighttime sky' show, I believe). The only reason it's not one star is the amazing view from outside the museum isn't to be missed, and the displays were nice. But SKIP all the shows. They are lame & tacky. People were snoring through them and are insulting to the... More

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Zanesville, Ohio
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Went here because it was included on the City Pass. The various stops inside the museum were quite "wordy" and too detailed. Ended up just scanning past most of them. The place was freezing inside. The two presentations we attended were not very impressive and I actually dozed off. My husband is much more interested in astrology, but even he... More

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Mid Atlantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

There is a bunch of interesting history surrounding the Adler , but the exhibits are showing their age. If you are interested in films about the universe or to listen to somewhat dated lectures, it's ok. On the list of things to do in Chicago it currently ranks lower than it should. Needs work

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Right down in the middle of the Chicago museums this is well worth a visit. Great exhibits and a really nice theatre show. Can't go wrong with a gift shop at a planetarium.

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19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I visited the Planetarium on a cold day in February and found it surprisingly quiet. The displays were good - but the shows were the best part. Really enjoyed my visit - but i have to say i found the layout very confusing and got lost multiple times trying to find my way around - but that may have just... More

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Chicago, IL
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Although I resided in the Chicagoland area for 23 years, I had never been to this attraction. Since it was included in our CityPass booklets, we thought we'd give it a try. Our children were 3 and 5, but thankfully schooled enough to know the planets. They loved the first area, where the solar system is represented. With such young... More

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