Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium, Chicago: Hours, Address, Adler Planetarium Reviews: 4/5

Adler Planetarium
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Speciality Museums • Observatories & Planetariums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Adler Planetarium connects people to the universe and each other. Whether it is introducing a guest to the Ring Nebula, a neighborhood school to a community partner, a research team to an army of citizen scientists, or one staff member to another, the Adler’s focus on meaningful connections dates back nearly a century. Today, the museum hosts more than half a million visitors each year and reaches millions more through youth STEAM programs, neighborhood skywatching events, online citizen science, and other outreach projects. With the Adler’s support, people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities gain the confidence to explore their universe together and return to their communities ready to think critically and creatively about any challenge that comes their way.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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2,139 reviews
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Mary Beth J
1 contribution
I love this space!
Apr 2021 • Friends
The Adler is one of my favorite places in the world! They make space science understandable without watering down content. Their special shows are astonishing, both beautiful and informative. Their knowledgeable staff is friendly and available, always excited to answer questions and share information.
In order to leave this review, a “date visited” is required. However, I have not been since the beginning of the pandemic. Thankfully they have had some virtual events that have been exciting.
I cannot wait to get back there on a regular faces again.
Written April 19, 2021
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Ken D
Beavercreek, OH115 contributions
Milky Way photo display worth coming for
Jun 2019
Being retired military, entrance to the Planetarium was inexpensive as the museum entrance fee is waived for up to five guests for Active Military and Veteran’s. We only paid for the show we saw “Destination Solar System”. It was in the domed Grainger Theater and better suited for children. The close-up video of the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were pretty neat though. We expected to visit all the planets during the show, but only did the middle four plus the asteroid belt. Doesn’t the Solar System contain eight or nine? Oh well…

The museum itself was very good. There were displays of old telescopes, a moon rock, a Gemini Capsule and a section on the moon landing. We were able to stand on the moon in front of the Lunar Lander and by the flag to get a picture. One of the favorite displays was a 360 degree wrap around the wall mural of the Milky Way Galaxy. Less than twenty-five percent is in the photo below. Now that is impressive as it is full of stars with some of the dots actually being other galaxies in the distance.

The grounds of the Adler Planetarium are set out into Lake Michigan. It is quite a remarkable view out onto the lake and more so back towards Chicago itself. We walked here via Lake Shore Trail. Take a stroll here before or after your visit.
Written March 12, 2020
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Thank you for the review! We're so happy that you were able to take advantage of our military discount. Come back soon!
Written March 19, 2020
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Camila
13 contributions
Not worth the money
Mar 2020 • Friends
The planetarium is good, the shows that we saw are also good, it is informative and interactive, but I think it is not worth the money, it is too expensive for what it is. We wouldn’t go again as there are many other things to do in Chicago.
Written March 11, 2020
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We truly appreciate the feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve our visitor experience, so thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts.
Written March 20, 2020
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joanna877
New Buffalo2 contributions
We got the unlimited package, not worth it
Mar 2020
We were hoping to go and see 4 shows so I bought an unlimited package for the whole family.
Starting at 12:15 pm show we thought that the show was not as interesting as we expected and my 7 and 8 year old were rather bored.
The 1:30pm show was a little better, guided more towards kids, but still too technical for them to understand. The visuals were much better so kids were interested.
The overall exibits were not as exciting and seemed to be in a bad shape, outdated or broken so we went through them rather fast so we left after 1:30 show ended, not waiting for 2:30 and 3:30 show.
We left rather disappointed with the experience.
Written March 9, 2020
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So sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your experience at the Adler. We’re always looking for ways to improve our guest experience and welcome any feedback or more information about your visit via an email to communications@adlerplanetarium.org. Thanks for your time!
Written March 20, 2020
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Ayanna G
1 contribution
Birthday Visit
Mar 2020 • Family
I took my son for his birthday as he loves Space. He had an amazing time. The solar system exhibit was awesome and the sky show "Destination Solar System" made his day!
Written March 9, 2020
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Thank you for the lovely review. We're so happy that you and your soon enjoyed Destination Solar System! Keep looking up :).
Written March 9, 2020
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Ian B
Sixpenny Handley, UK86 contributions
Shows were good, surprised there was no Planetarium to look at the stars.
Feb 2020
Interesting museum with helpful staff. The shows are extra but essential for a good visit. I was expecting to find a dome with stars on it, but that is not what the have.
Written March 1, 2020
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Thank you for the review! If you're looking to experience a dome show with stars, we highly recommend "Skywatch Live." This show is full of stars and reveals to the viewer what the Chicago night sky would look like without any light pollution. Thanks again for the review. Keep looking up!
Written March 9, 2020
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Brad C
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Expensive for what you get....
Feb 2020 • Family
It’s been years since I’ve been so I took my children (Elementary and Middle School age) for their first ever encounter with a Planetarium. My oldest likes star gazing yet they were bored within a half hour. There were a couple of instructor led demonstrations, but most everything required reading. Younger kids will get bored quickly and the older ones will only find it interesting if they have a passion for space and stars.

We saw two presentations, Planet Nine which both kids thought was fascinating, myself included. We also saw Chicago Live and although informative, stated a little late and felt very rushed to get it done.

The full “everything included” pass is a rip-off. We bought the package that included the two shows and at the end still felt it was overpriced.

We were fortunate there weren’t many schools attending or tourists... so it wasn’t crowded and we got good seats for both shows.

What area that really left me pissed though..... we choose to see movies over the lunch period to avoid the lunch lines as the Cafe is “open” till 2:30. We got there right at 2 only to be told the Grill was closed and our only options were pre-made sandwiches and pre-made snacks. NO WHERE does it say the grill closed before the Cafe did but we were starving at that point and made due with ham and turkey.

For the money.... you’re better off at one of the other museums in the same area. Lot of money spent with very little wow factor.
Written February 29, 2020
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We’re sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your visit with us as much as you expected. We appreciate guest feedback and suggestions on how we can improve our experience for guests of all ages. Please feel free to send us an email with more details (communications@adlerplanetarium.org). Thank you!
Written March 20, 2020
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Lourdes A
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Adler Planetarium
Feb 2020 • Friends
I have not been to Adler Planetarium since I was in 8th grade, I am 61 now ! It was an incredible clear experience about space! All the exhibits are world class and the people who work at Adler were kind and well informed. A place to revisit soon!
Written February 24, 2020
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Firstly, thank you for the lovely review. Secondly, welcome back to the Adler! We're so happy that you were able to revisit us and that you enjoyed your time! Keep looking up :).
Written February 27, 2020
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Omotola O
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The shows were amazing!
Feb 2020 • Friends
I watched two shows; one was about the moon, and “planet nine”. I loved the shows, very educating and blew my mind. I learned so much and even came to knowledge of another depth of God through His creation. I also loved the pizza at the food hall. I’ll be visiting again.
Written February 23, 2020
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Thank you for the stellar review! Keep looking up :).
Written February 27, 2020
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Beccathewanderer89
33 contributions
Absolutely Must See
Feb 2020 • Couples
Isn’t our universe marvelous?? If you answered yes, then you have to visit the Adler Planetarium!! This was my favorite stop of my whole trip. While the museum itself isn’t that large, and it’s definitely more geared toward children, the shows were absolutely worth the price of the tickets.
Written February 23, 2020
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Why yes, we also agree that our universe is marvelous! So awesome to hear that you enjoyed our sky shows. Keep looking up :).
Written February 27, 2020
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