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Adler Planetarium

  • 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. Map It
  • South Loop
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 06/11/2013

Fodor's Review

Taking you on a journey through the stars to unlock the mysteries of our galaxy and beyond, the Adler tells amazing stories of space exploration through high-tech exhibits and immersive theater experiences. Interactive elements and real space artifacts bring these fascinating tales of space and its pioneers down to earth.


Feel like you are flying through the universe at the technologically advanced Grainger Sky Theater. You'll get an up-close

view of stunning space phenomena, whose magnificent imagery is so realistic that it might only be surpassed by actual space travel.

Experience how the universe evolved more than 13.7 billion years ago —from the Big Bang to modern day—in the Adler's newest permanent exhibit, "The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time." A spectacular projection showcases the enormity of the universe, and touch screens let you investigate diverse and beautiful objects of deep space.

Turn your kids into modern-day space adventurers in "Planet Explorers," which lets them feel what it's like to climb, crawl, and fly through space.

See the restored Gemini 12, the spacecraft flown by Captain Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin in 1966, in "Shoot for the Moon." The exhibition also features rare objects from Apollo and Gemini missions from Lovell's collection of personal space artifacts.

Journey into space in the Definiti Space Theater or don 3-D glasses to view celestial phenomena in the Adler's new Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater.


Additional charges apply for the Grainger Sky Theater, Definiti Space Theater, and Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater, but don't skip them—they're the most important reasons to go. Package prices are available.

Take a quick ride in the Atwood Sphere, the nation's very first planetarium experience.

Stop in at the Adler's café for simple fare like paninis and salads, with breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline.

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1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Illinois, 60605, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $12, $28 all-inclusive
  • Weekdays 9:30–4, weekends 9:30–4:30, plus 3rd Thurs. of month 6–10 pm ages 21 and up

Updated 06/11/2013


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Feb 25, 2003

Stary Night in the Big City

In the heart of museum campus a must for anyone that loves the stars. If you happen to be around on the first friday of every month check out the discounts for a evening at the museum and get a peak at the observitory out back behind the museum. A great evening activity for kids and adults alike.

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