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Adler Planetarium

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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

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The Adler has a prime location on the lake, but keeps its eyes on the stars.

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Really fun!

This is a really fun museum that's located near the Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum. It overlooks Lake Michigan and has an amazing view of downtown Chicago. It has a bunch of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kevin B
Summit, New Jersey

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Curitiba, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you can, go to the planets exhibition on the theater (with the NASA images). I simply loved it! Besides that, it's great to understand a bit of the universe!

Thank Leleticiaa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love the museums in Chicago. So much culture is highlighted and the free nights are always good. Much can be learned here and it's kid/family friendly.

Thank Ernesha P
Summit, New Jersey
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318 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a really fun museum that's located near the Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum. It overlooks Lake Michigan and has an amazing view of downtown Chicago. It has a bunch of great exhibits, but the best one is by far the Gemini 12 capsule; it's amazing and worth the trip just for that. I definitely recommend this for... More 

Thank Kevin B
Shelby Township, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Adler Planetarium is a must-see place if you are visiting Chicago. There are plenty of exhibits to see, but it won't take more than a few hours to see every exhibit. While it is a little pricey for a smaller venue, it still has plenty to keep the kids and family occupied for a few hours.

Thank Chad R
Grand Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The shows here are not worth the money but the other artifacts/exhibits are neat especially if you have little children. I was here with my girlfriend without any kids so it was a little disappointing for just two adults. There was nothing too special here although the view of the skyline from the outside of the building is pretty great!

Thank kwnike13
Burr Ridge, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The movies (non-Hollywood made) are very well put together and interesting. Rest of museum was ok. There are kids activities but not as comprehensive as other museums. Cafe has impressive city view.

Thank Randal J
Chicago, Illinois
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Adler Planetarium is on the costly side for the 3 or so hours of what you get, especially considering the same amount of money can get you an entire day at Field. Adler had plenty of information and a helpful staff--I appreciated the roaming staff members who were explaining the science and running hands-on demonstrations. Unfortunately, though, Adler needs a... More 

Thank KU90
Pevensey East Sussex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bit disappointed, made a big effort to get to the shows and managed to squeeze in 2 before we were 'guided' out as the place was closed so didn't get a chance to have a good look around. Shows were Destination Solar System and Skywatch live - neither were very good - should have gone to the Shed Aquarium!

Thank Nick&Jan
Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Most people, including myself, initially prioritize seeing the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum before seeing the Adler. But it is an amazing place for a couple of reasons. It is an amazing piece of Art Deco 1930's architecture with beautiful granite and astrological details. It is also one on the few buildings that's named after the architect. The main... More 

Thank Crystal L
Lansing, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The is the place to go to view or to learn about the solar system. At various times in the year if there is a special ski show in the ski and it is hard to view with the eye. Then go here for a best viewing.

Thank William C

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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.