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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

  • 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. Map It
  • South Loop
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Published 08/31/2015

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. Artifacts and interactive elements bring these fascinating tales of space and its pioneers down to earth.

Highlights

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, and the 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 from deep space.

Turn your kids into modern-day

space adventurers in "Planet Explorers," which lets them sense what it's like to climb, crawl, and fly through space.

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

Tips

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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Sight Information

Address:

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Illinois, 60605, USA

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Phone:

312-922–7827

Sight Details:

  • $12, $29.95 all-access pass
  • Weekdays 9:30–4, weekends 9:30–4:30, plus 3rd Thurs. of month 6–10 pm for ages 21 and up

Published 08/31/2015

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