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Adler Planetarium

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Address: 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605-2489
Phone Number: 312 922 7827
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

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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I wish we had more time to spend in the planetarium. It was very quick visit for us, we got to see couple shows which were very nice with live comments and interesting. The only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Key West, Florida
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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Take the time to go to the Adler Planetarium! We have a membership and are there several times a year. There are so many great exhibits that the staff makes certain are kept updated. The movies are absolutely fascinating. We saw Planet Nine on our last visit. The kids loved it. The cafeteria has the most beautiful views of the... More 

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Key West, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wish we had more time to spend in the planetarium. It was very quick visit for us, we got to see couple shows which were very nice with live comments and interesting. The only thing I was disappointed was that the stars were somewhat blurry, maybe not such a good quality projector as other planetariums? There were a lot... More 

Thank ZuJa13
Washington, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed one of the shows, the displays are well laid out to see everything without getting too turned around.

Thank dalrutz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We purchased the city pass and this was a place we could go. I wasn't sure at first but after waiting on the hop on hop off trolley for so long, we went here first. It had a decent crowd, not too busy though. We were kind of in a hurry so we didn't get to stay too long but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Never visited a planetarium before and wasn't sure what to expect. The place is clearly aimed at kids and the displays explaining the workings of the universe etc were all pretty interesting with plenty of buttons to press and videos to watch and there were interactive sessions with staff looking at problem solving real life issues faced by NASA for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have a family of four with a 4 1/2 and 8 yr old. We went through this pretty quick (1 1/2 hours) as we had to get to The Field Museum also that day. Give yourself more time if you are going to see any of the "movies." We purchased the CityPass and could have seen more shows -... More 

Thank Melissa K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I took 3 13 year old girls using CityPass. We watched the Cosmic Wonder and the Skywatch Live shows then explored all of the amazing historic exhibits on the lower level. We spent about 3 hours and could have spent more time. The girls had a lot of fun and we all learned something new!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Don't miss this one if you are interested in the rest of the universe. We are not alone, and you soon realize that to be so would be almost impossible.

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County Wexford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to the museum with a friend as it was included on the city pass. The staff are friendly and are willing to help you out with anything. It was entertaining, a lot of excellent exhibits but I feel the shows would be good for kids. I was definitely too old for the kid like scripts that are used. The... More 

Thank samr1319
Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lots and nice displays and the ninth planet show is worth seeing, enjoyed the show and felt the planetarium is worth a visit

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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.