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Adler Planetarium

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Address: 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605-2489
Phone Number: +1 312-922-7827
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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Good museum

Spent 3 hours here. It's quite a good museum but there's a lot of reading to do and not a lot of interaction. Also, there isn't much in the way of direction to follow. We had the... read more

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Spent 3 hours here. It's quite a good museum but there's a lot of reading to do and not a lot of interaction. Also, there isn't much in the way of direction to follow. We had the city pass and it was included in the price. We saw two shows. The second one about 'Planet Nine' was the best. It's... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Don't miss visiting Adler Planetarium, especially with kids. My elementary school age boys loved the exhibits and the volunteer stations where they learned about UV and other rays. Go to the cafeteria to enjoy spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan.

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Werne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place. You should definitely see the different shows - they are amazing!!!! I have seen three, and I couldn't say which one is best. They are all great!

Thank heti1970
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were here for 3 hours we spent an hour at the shows which were really good. There was loads to see and an area for small children. Really good and informative and my 6 and 8 year old really enjoyed it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Be sure to ask about the military, student, and teacher discounts. Plus this attraction is part of City Pass. Nice exhibits and shows appealing to a wide age range. We did a quick walk through and one planetarium show, skywatch live. Beautiful and well wotth your time. We could have stayed much longer with so much to read and many... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love anything to do with space. That being said I loved this place, there is a show which is free with the CityPass which I highly recommend you purchase, well this show is well worth it. it goes through different planets while the host interacts with the " spaceship " very cool i think. It also has other things... More 

Thank Krlz K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though many of the reviewers have commented this is an excellent place to take children, I think there is something for everyone here. I really enjoyed the planets exhibit (near the cafeteria). Couldn't believe how many space missions there have been. We saw two shows: Destination Solar System (rather basic and tailored more for kids) and Planet Nine (fascinating... More 

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Fall River, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our kids had a blast making and launching rockets, trying to create an item that would stay suspended in the wind tunnel,and playing in the kids activity area. For myself, the one that loves space I found the Mission to the Moon the most fascinating. Check it out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have always enjoyed the mysteries of space. So, naturally the Adler Planetarium has always been one of my favorite museums. I had not been here in many years, so the exhibits of course have changed. The exhibits are so wonderful and interesting. I spent over 2 hours just exploring. I also really liked dining at Cafe Galileo. Such a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Planetarium is one of a kind. Very nice experience. Good for a day trip to the city. Cool exhibitions and different rooms and effects. Very educational for children and for adults. There are admission-free days for Illinois residents and also it used to be free half an hour before closing, is you would like to check it out quickly... More 

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