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Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium

Planetarium and Science Museum
Museum Campus, Chicago
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    James C.
    "Get the city pass to do all the museums."(6 Tips)
    Marilina G.
    "The city view, the states and the park by the water is great."(6 Tips)
    T C.
    "free admission Tuesdays for IL residents."(3 Tips)
    Keith S.
    "sure to checkout the Atwood Sphere"(3 Tips)
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  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistApril 23, 2015
    The Adler is every nerd-at-heart's paradise. See a show in the Sky Theater, a massive domed viewing screen where you look up and feel a rush as you travel through the stars. Read more
  • Paul A.
    Paul AlfredApril 29, 2014
    If you are a fan of astronomy - this is a great place to visit. Lots of great multi-media presentations and use of Tablet and touchscreen technology. Just wish for more complex themes like Blackholes.
  • Maike P.heart icon on user image
    Maike PlotnikApril 16, 2016
    Must-visit in chi town !!! Sth really geeky is explained in a straight and cool way so everybody loves our suns and planets afterwards! It was great ! Staff is more than friendly !
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin M. McNally, CMPFebruary 5, 2019
    Look up to the sky and stars! Since it opened in 1930, visitors can enjoy sky shows or be your own astronaut. Space is the final frontier for your learning and imagination. And the Moon is inspiring.
  • Moustafa A.
    Moustafa AlmalikiMarch 20, 2018
    One of the tips I will share is to get a city pass and see the museums, skydeck, and this cool planetarium. It’s cheaper this way and you get to see all the attractions Chicago is famous for.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkNovember 27, 2012
    The road leading up to the planetarium has an excellent view of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan; it is excellent for family pictures and very well-lit during the day. Perfect weather in the summer!
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterJuly 8, 2014
    On the side of the planetarium is the best view of the Chicago skyline that there is. It's absolutely beautiful for photos at sunset, and a good spot for a picnic.
  • Laura M.heart icon on user image
    Laura M.May 6, 2018
    Be sure to leave enough time to see one of the shows. I recommend Planet Nine, it was fascinating!!
  • Mark R.heart icon on user image
    Mark RobinsonApril 9, 2018
    The best thing here is the view back onto Chicago. Even our Taxi driver commented that he had a wedding shoot here. The auditorium is a multimillion $$$ investment. Great for kids and was busy!
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    MindyJuly 25, 2014
    Great view of Chicago skyline and Navy Pier. Love the variety of meteorites and old telescopes on display. High recommend Cosmic Wonder show in Sky Grainger theater.
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    7September 14, 2016
    Best way to get a beautiful scenic view of the area is to rent a bike and go down. Breathtaking.
  • Ruth M.heart icon on user image
    Ruth MadrigalAugust 18, 2013
    I liked the exhibitions more than the shows. Astronomy and Culture was one of the best in there. I am not sure why some people say that this place is lame, probably they don't stop to read and learn..
  • Mark W.heart icon on user image
    Mark WongSeptember 5, 2014
    The exhibits aren't anything special; however, the planetarium and the shows are amazing! Also, best view of the city skyline.
  • Marilina G.heart icon on user image
    Marilina GustafsonAugust 10, 2015
    There are so many interesting things to see here. The city view, the states and the park by the water is great.
  • Jonathan F.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 8, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Catch every show when you buy your tickets. Their exhibitions on their own are great, but the shows in the theaters are beyond amazing.
  • Erik R.heart icon on user image
    Erik RowleyDecember 19, 2013
    Fascinating displays of the universe, look for the interactive display walls just past the admission room. Well worth catching a show at the Grainger Theater!
  • Andy S.heart icon on user image
    Andy SpencerJanuary 27, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    Best museum in Chicago! Great skyline view, be sure to check out Adler After Dark on the third Thursday of each month!
  • Will S.heart icon on user image
    Will St MartinSeptember 27, 2015
    Very interesting place with great people, the staff will blow your mind with their knowledge! Used the CityPass deal, good value for money!
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 19, 2014
    Best view of the city is from the steps. Get here early to beat the afternoon crowds. The aquarium and Field Museum are a short bus ride away.
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    Let's Go Road TrippinOctober 23, 2013
    Oldest Planetarium in the US. Just outside, you will get one of the best pictures of the Chicago Skyline!
  • Leach E.heart icon on user image
    Leach E. E.August 4, 2016
    Current Planet Nine show is a must-see. Latest research in an accessible and visually gripping format.
  • Josh S.heart icon on user image
    Josh SciannaOctober 20, 2017
    Went here for Adler After Dark and wasn’t disappointed. The exhibits were fun and the view of the lake towards the city is breathtaking at night.
  • Carlos L.heart icon on user image
    Carlos LopezOctober 18, 2016
    Needs updates rush, very dated. Interesting shows. This place probably has one of the best views of the Chicago skyline!
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzApril 15, 2012
    More great skyline shots can be had from this lake side gem. The first planetarium in the US. Located around Solider Field, The Field Museum and more.
  • Antonio B.
    Antonio BurrowesMay 29, 2017
    Best date night spot especially during the summer over looking the city skyline
  • Jonathan F.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 24, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The view of the universe inside is amazing, but outside, the view of Chicago is equally as great.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RodegheroJune 6, 2013
    Listen to the presentations available & ask questions for a fun & highly educational learning experience. Don't miss the grainger sky theater either!!
  • Aidan A.heart icon on user image
    Aidan AzherMay 13, 2016
    Run from my home to Adler's every sunday, so its my hangout place on weekends. I love the view of the whole skyline from here.
  • Christina G.
    Christina GalanisJuly 23, 2012
    Go ahead and skip Deep Space Adventure. The creepy alien tells his made up story in great details but glosses over the super awesome space stuff that I'm actually here for!!
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    L KMarch 25, 2016
    What's not to love! Come during the daytime to use telescopes to look at the sun! Learn about science.
  • Jackie M.heart icon on user image
    Jackie MannAugust 21, 2017
    Love the Adler, great museum and amazing city views
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Don’t miss the skyline view from Café Galileo’s at the Planetarium, the oldest planetarium in the western hemisphere, before or after a splendid skyshow. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Mark
    MarkSeptember 14, 2014
    Awesome place to take the family. Pretty good for the kids and not too expensive. Free for teachers.
  • Brenda H.
    Brenda HernandezDecember 9, 2011
    Adler After Dark is not only a fun event, packed with activities.. it also plays 3 different shows throughout the night, all included in one low price!
  • Paula F.heart icon on user image
    Paula FreireJuly 29, 2015
    It's nice, but the best part is the Skyline view that you have from the Galileo Caffee.
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    _February 17, 2015
    The view of Chicago from Adler is nice. The planetarium felt like walking through a bunch of poster boards with too much information.
  • Keith S.heart icon on user image
    Keith SmileyDecember 17, 2015
    Be sure to checkout the Atwood Sphere where you can see what the Chicago night sky looked like in 1913.
  • Natalie V.heart icon on user image
    Natalie VMay 8, 2016
    Cool space exhibits. Not huge so takes about 2 hours to get through if you don't do any of the movies.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MitchellJuly 18, 2013
    Great shows like night sky live if you want to learn more about constellations in the night sky (like the swab from swan lake!)
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergDecember 17, 2015
    Adler After Dark is the best way to tour the planetarium hands down. The sky's the limit here (see what I did there?)
  • Fabio C.
    Fabio CarvalhoDecember 22, 2013
    One of the best Chicago skyline views in the entire city! Go to the cafeteria and enjoy!
  • Mustafa U.
    Mustafa ULAŞJune 18, 2013
    Chicago ' un en guzel yeri. Kimsenin bilmediği saklı bir güzellik. The greatest place of Chicago. Don't miss it !
  • Liz B.
    Liz BMarch 21, 2016
    Incredible place to visit! You will also get a beautiful view of the Chicago Skyline!
  • Suma
    SumaNovember 28, 2012
    The Welcome to the Universe show is a great way to experience the Grainger auditorium. And, this holiday season they have the bonus snow globe show!
  • Daniel
    DanielSeptember 3, 2014
    See the oldest planetarium of the world. Outside there is a great view on the skyline of Windy City!
  • ☆ C a r m s ☆
    ☆ C a r m s ☆July 3, 2017
    Great location for pictures of the city in the background!
  • Roosevelt Collection
    Roosevelt CollectionOctober 31, 2011
    Visit all three full-size theaters! Oh and don't forget to bring your camera for a great skyline shot of the city.
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithOctober 21, 2012
    Don't miss "Astronomy & Culture," an exhibit dedicated solely to the history of astronomy throughout the world.
  • Samantha L.heart icon on user image
    Samantha LeeFebruary 4, 2016
    Fun planetarium. Try to show up early so you can catch all the shows.
    HISTORYMay 8, 2012
    This Planetarium was founded in 1930 by Max Adler, who was so impressed by a European machine replicating the night sky that he decided to build one.
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