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Address: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number: 312 922 7827
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Adler has a prime location on the lake, but keeps its eyes on the...
The Adler has a prime location on the lake, but keeps its eyes on the stars.
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Great view

You get to see awesome view outside the planetarium. I've been to the boat tour and Navy Pier also but I think the view here is the best. What's inside was a little less... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

You get to see awesome view outside the planetarium. I've been to the boat tour and Navy Pier also but I think the view here is the best. What's inside was a little less attractive, but it would be better if you purchase tickets to the show. The show times are scheduled so you might want to check before you... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The museum is a great way to bond with your kids and learn together as a family. It's fun to learn new things and get reviewed with science stuff!

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London, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We didn't even get to see the movies! I was most impressed by the careful inclusion of women in the exhibits, making this a great place to take young women and girls in particular. The exhibits are very interesting, well done, and varied. Lots of hands on stuff for the kids too!

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Trufant, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

They have some very interesting displays (moon exhibit) and very interesting movies. We enjoyed our visit and the views around the property of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline are awesome. We parked in their lot ($19) and then walked to Shedds Aquarium. The City Pass is the only way to go if you are visting the main attractions in... More 

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Waterloo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Upon our arrival to Chicago we decided to visit the Alder Planetarium to spend our afternoon out of the rain. We had ordered a citypass from Costco prior to leaving but noticed a problem when we arrived in Chicago. After the problem was solved and we traveled to the planetarium I showed them the new PDF on my phone and... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We did this on the same day as the Shedd. There aren't a lot of exhibits and some of them are definitely for older kids and adults but they have a HUGE exploration area for kids. My husband and I took turns supervising the young ones while the other visited the exhibits. We all went the the show which was... More 

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Leitchfield, Kentucky, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Our child is almost four and the Planet Explorers section was awesome for him to experience. Lots of activities and rocket ship activities that even the adults can enjoy! The Mission Moon exhibit is an added treat!

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Bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Adler Planetarium is a very good place and very interesting for Kids as well as adults. The Shows here on various Space events are attractive.

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Boonton, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Was expecting a little more from a planetarium in a big city. Maybe if I had never been to a planetarium before, I suppose it would have been a little more exciting. I really didn't see anything that I had not seen before. Nothing new or innovative in the field of space exploration displayed. During the movie they showed, I... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I just bought the fairly cheap general admission tickets without any shows, but the exhibitions there were great - a mixture of space age, astronomy and cultural astronomy and history. Fascinating, and good value.

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South Loop
This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you happen to visit during football season, you may bump into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park is one of Chicago’s premier locations for green space and recreation with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Take a stroll down memory lane in the historic Prairie District where you can enjoy views of old historic homes. Restaurants, theaters, and clubs are spread throughout the neighborhood along with a collection of burger joints along Michigan Avenue just across from the park.