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Adler Planetarium

1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605-2489
+1 312-922-7827
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The Adler has a prime location on the lake, but keeps its eyes on the stars.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good30%
  • Average23%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605-2489
South Loop
+1 312-922-7827
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is very nice and educative place for kids with good shows. i do not recommend this for couple or elders, it may be boring especially if you have visited good observatories already. Well, the thursday night programme sounds good but didn't get a chance...More

Thank Narasimha B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time. The Planetarium was great! A lot to do and see. We saw 4 great 30 minute movies. We met with an Astrologer who answered any questions we had and showed several demonstrations.

Thank judy8000
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Adler is nothing special when it comes to space exploration. It is a great spot for kids who know nothing about outer space. The signs are informative for adults. The sky shows are a lot of fun.

Thank alexf1347
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've taken my son to the Family Edition of Adler After Dark twice now and we love it! Everyone who works there is friendly and helpful and there is so much to see and do! It has many interactive exhibits and several theaters with wonderful,...More

Thank Catherine C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Approaching the Planetarium, you see the beauty in this lovely old stone building. The displays were engaging and loved the documentary on Scott Kelly's year in space aboard the International Space Station.

Thank Pam M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Adler after dark in November which was brilliant! The talks and shows were informative and well delivered, shout out to Krista! The drinks were a hit however the queues for the mead were understandably long. The building is a credit to...More

1  Thank Walkabou
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went here in the morning on Labor Day weekend. We scheduled our show in one of the theater things and looked around a bit. The show we saw is a life-long memory of ours. I highly recommend seeing a show at...More

Thank DanielKeith0485
Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful campus! It’s basically surrounded by Lake Michigan. Adler has lots of interactive exhibits for all ages. It’s easy to navigate and the movies make you feel like your in space. They have parking and a restaurant inside the planetarium.

Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed November 9, 2017

We went and saw a PLANET NINE, so interesting and then a week later it was on the news which made it even better. Walking distance in Museum Park with great city views form all around. Cool Moon exhibit with tons for kids and adults...More

Thank marymaryloveshawaii
Reviewed November 9, 2017

By using a city pass ticket, I was able to skip the queue. Highly recommend that you buy one, if you plan to see more than 3 of the 5 attractions, that this pass grants admission to. Huge savings of time and money. The layout...More

Thank KaranPais
South Loop
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
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Eoin M
September 25, 2017|
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Response from EMKF | Reviewed this property |
The place is big! To do each exhibit justice, it would take a while. If you're really interested in astronomy, you'll want to spend at least half a day. If you have only a passing interest, then a couple of hours is plenty... More
Pallavi A
August 18, 2017|
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Response from Matthew C | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember being able to reserve shows online. You may not even need to. I just walked to the counter when I arrived, showed them my City Pass, and then they gave me a choice of shows and times I could go to. I... More
Amanda M
July 6, 2017|
Response from Aisha P | Reviewed this property |
Not in the planetarium. Unless it's a service dog