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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
09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 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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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
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Great astronomy museum!

The planetarium is very comprehensive and informative, but it's best for older kids, as the information is presented at an adult level. We enjoyed all of the exhibits, as well as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Stefanie H
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Chicago, IL
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Students had a wonderful time on our trip, but our 11:15 appointment in the theater was delayed due to some other school's tardiness, so we were rushed. The latecomers were loud and rude and none of their teachers or chaperones settled them down. A shame that our well-behaved students had to suffer!

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The planetarium is very comprehensive and informative, but it's best for older kids, as the information is presented at an adult level. We enjoyed all of the exhibits, as well as the planetarium shows, and the view of the lake is spectacular. If you arrive early, you can find a parking spot out front. There is a parking lot next... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The planetarium was a great way to spend a chilly afternoon in Chicago. There were a ton of really interesting exhibits for all ages. I learned a lot and enjoyed my time while there. Right by the aquarium, so consider doing both in the same day!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was OK. Was not as big as I thought it was going to be. My kids age from range 8-14, and they weren't as interested at this place as they were the other two museums we went to (science & industry and field museum). You can finish this place in 2 hours easy unless you add on any of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visit the planetarium because it was on the city pass list. The place is nice but is more fore small childre. Anyway it was a good experience

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Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took two teenagers. The movies are interesting and some of the displays are great, although everything is a little dated looking (the information seemed current). Wasn't at all busy on the weekday AM. We've done the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Technology and Art Institute a few times, this was our first visit to Adler. I'd do... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had some time to kill before our train out of time and ended up in the area for the Planetarium. It was packed with school age children, which made it difficult to navigate. We just did the basic level pass (the cheapest) so we didn't see any of the planetarium shows. They had some cool exhibits but the museum... More 

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Frankfort, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hadn't been to the Planetarium in years and were pleasantly surprised at how much is there now. 4-5 shows, interactive exhibits, three floors of information, and all up to date. We spent the whole day and didn't see it all. Lunch was in a cafe with these beautiful views of the Chicago lakefront. A great day for adults and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely, airy facility located on a peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan, with gorgeous city views from all windows. Have a view-worthy sandwich at Galileo's Café. Good exhibits too - like the Historic Atwood Sphere (night sky over Chicago in 1913) or the Grainger Sky Theatre ("Destination Solar System"). But the main attraction for me was the stunning view of that... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went with my 12 year old daughter. We looked through most of the exhibits and didn't feel like there was much that was unique since we have visited Hayden Planetarium in New York, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and the planetarium in St. Louis previously. However, we were able to catch the last part of a talk by... More 

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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.
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