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Adler Planetarium

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Address: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number:
+1 312-922-7827
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 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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Great kid's experience

Visited with 3 grandchildren, aged 5, 7 and 9. While fairly interesting for adults, we found that the Kids loved it. Expensive, not so great lunch in cafeteria.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with 3 grandchildren, aged 5, 7 and 9. While fairly interesting for adults, we found that the Kids loved it. Expensive, not so great lunch in cafeteria.

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South Lyon, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Adler Planetarium is a great museum and planetarium. They have a lot of exhibits and many things to keep a kids attention. We brought two elementary school aged children with us and they were amazed by the exhibits and the planetarium. The Planetarium has multiple shows per day which were very interesting and educational. I highly recommend getting the... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a free day (for Illinois residents) so that did help with the costs. There is street parking but it fills up quick. The lot nearest to the Planetarium was charging $19. My kids enjoyed at Apollo mission area and the Family Exploration section (that was probably my favorite too but it was very hot in this area).... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When out of towers come, this is always on my list. Recently a son with wife and 15 year old daughter visited and we went here on a cold, blustery day. Inside was warm and full of fascinating exhibits. W went to two of the movies on offer, one bout the skyward, the other about prehistoric times. The latter was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We like the Adler Planetarium's great exhibits and amazing shows. But many of our best photos of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan are actually from dry land from the Adler. See photos. In 3 hours we saw a great star show and a many exhibits. It's $35 each for the full tickets but for $100 we got the CityPASS... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of four used our CityPass to visit the Planetarium on New Years Eve. We arrived around 10am and quickly entered where we selected our first two movies (Planet Nine - excellent! and Destination Solar System - less than remarkable). The CityPass allows you to see all movies but you can only make two reservations at the beginning and... More 

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North East, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went the same day as a Bears game. It took forever! But once we were there it was awesome! Planet 9 (a show in the planetarium) was very cool - I definitely recommend it. Bonus, they have discounts for students and teachers. Just make sure you have an ID. (Teachers are FREE!)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were waiting something more from this place. First of all the view to downtown Cicago is GREAT, maybe the best view of the city ever. The lines for entrance were long even if we had City Pass. The stuff was absolutely helpful. But the only thing we saw was educational videos. Ok, they were very good and full of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visit was full of quality exhibits and interactive things to do. Beautiful restaurant. Bring kids as well as adults.

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chicago IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took 3 small boys to visit the Planetarium. What a fun day. They always have lots of great exhibits for the kids. Plus they have special activities that the kids can join. It's wonderful to watch the electronic devices be put away and minds be put to good use. Plus the views of the lake front are magnificent! This... More 

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