Adler Planetarium, Chicago

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1300 S Lakeshore Dr 312-922-7827

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    Adler Planetarium

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Oct 14, 2013

    Opened in 1930, this is the oldest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere and it is a wonderful place. It has several different shows, a collection of astronomical and location-finding instruments, and the Atwood Sphere, created in 1913 and the first planetarium ever built. The old building is architecturally interesting, as well, the new part has a wonderful eating and sitting area with glass windows looking on to the lake and affording excellent views of downtown and more of the city.

    View of Downtown from the Adler Planetarium cafe The Atwood Sphere - 100 yr old planetarium
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    Located on North Island

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 10, 2011

    the famous Adler Planetarium of Chicago where the space lovers plus budding astronomists or plain old curious people converge and see the various treasures of space and the universe inside the huge planetarium complex and also enjoy the various films showing at the theater. This was donated by the local philantropist Max Adler in the 1930's.

    Hours of Operation
    Summer Hours
    June 6 - September 5
    Everyday 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


    Regular Schedule
    Hours
    Weekdays
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Weekends
    10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Third Thursdays (21+ Adler After Dark)** 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

    Entrance Prices: Adult- $ 27 Child- $ 21 (included are two shows and the exhibits and audio tour)

    or you can just buy a Go Chicago Card to go inside and also enjoy 28 other chicago attractions for a cheaper price.

    the planetarium logo me my friends walking
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    Adler-Look Up to See the Space

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 17, 2010

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    This has been a great site along the water edge for years. They have ongoing exhibits, and now feature Apollo 13, among others. Take a look at the layout below for the link of how the building has its exhibits. Admission is $10 for basic and $19 for Galaxy viewing (extra entries) and $23 for the full package. Open generally 10-4 daily and in the museum complex by Grant Park area.

    Lake side view of the building
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    Chicago's night sky during the day

    by bladedragon Updated Aug 25, 2008

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    Yes, you can view Chicago's beautiful night sky during the day in Addler's Planetarium.
    The planetarium has an interesting architecture inside.
    You can find many information regarding our solar system, galaxy and also the universe.
    Outside the building you can find a miniature Stonehenge like structure, forgot what that was, will update if I finally found out.
    You can buy Chicago City pass from here.

    Adler planetarium Galaxy Mini Stonehenge Lake Michigan City Pass

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    Star-Gazing that doesn't include paparazzi

    by yooperprof Written Dec 19, 2007

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    The Adler Planetarium is rightly regarded as one of the Lakefront treasures of Chicago. It's one of the United States leader astronomical observaties, and a true center for the teaching and learning of the space sciences. There was a time in my adolescence when I was fascinated by stars and planets. Maybe it's a phase that everyone goes through. At any rate, if you are still in that "phase," or if you have family members who are in it, the Adler Planetarium is a "must-see" for your Chicago visit.

    how small one feels beneath the firmament!
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    Planetarium

    by Martman Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    I like the fact that the museums are so close. The Shedd Aquarium, The Field museum and the planetarium are adjacent. In simple terms, this is a museum neighbourhood! I had an excellent day at the Planetarium!

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    An exhibit behind me. Me by the facade in front of the museum. My friend in the museum poses for the camera!

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    Chicago Planetarium--Great day or night date

    by deeply Written Mar 6, 2006

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    The Planetarium can wow even the most jaded 9 year old and adult. We usually associate the Planetarium with school field trips, but at night it can actually be a great (and inventive) first date. Using a 3-D computer generated computer projection system you can experience SonicVision, a trippy digital animation show with a music soundtrack. During the day, the Planetarium is used to wow viewers with journey's into deep space. If you can't see the stars in the city--this is the perfect way to do it. HOT TIP: If you are on a budget and can't get a membership because you're from out of town--try the Go Chicago Card (http://www.gochicagocard.com) for access to this and other great chicago museums.

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    Astronomy alive

    by PetraG Written Jan 16, 2006

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    The Adler Planetarium is located on Lake Shore Drive at Chicago's Museum Campus. Opened in 1930 as the first planetarium in the western hemisphere, the Adler fuels the imagination of its visitors with all new exhibits, state-of-the-art computer technology and the world's first StarRider Theater, while showcasing a renowned collection of historical astronomy artifacts.

    The Adler is home to more than 35,000 square feet of exhibits. From scale models of the Solar System, to ancient astronomical instruments, to interactive adventures, Adler's exhibit galleries provide a passageway for you to explore the universe. The Adler's historical collections of astronomical instruments and rare books are among the finest in the world.

    The Adler is the only museum in the world with two full-size planetarium theaters. Since 1930, the wonder of the stars has been visible in the historic Sky Theater. Powered by brand new Digistar 3? simulator technology, the StarRider Theater is a completely digital, virtual outer space environment. The famous Zeiss Planetarium projector is capable of accurately reproducing the movement of every aspect of the night sky.

    Regular schedule
    Monday-Friday
    Saturday & Sunday
    First Friday of every month
    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    9:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Summer 2006 Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
    Monday-Friday
    Saturday & Sunday
    First Friday of every month
    9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    9:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Entrance Fee: 16$ for Adults and 14$ for kids

    The Adler planetarium

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    best skyline postcard view

    by bunsoy7 Written Oct 12, 2005

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    to get the perfect hi-rise back drop, go to the lakefront in between the adlers and aquarium. if you know anyone in chicago resident with library card you can ask them to borrow a pass so you can get in free the in all the museums. you have to choose which one though and you have 7 days i think to return the pass. as with all free items you may have to go in line to get to the free pass.

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    "Take a Segway Tour of Chicago"

    by tetonski1 Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    Their 3-hour morning and afternoon tours begin with viewing a safety orientation video and a 40 minute training session at the Adler Planetarium (with its incredible views of the downtown Chicago skyline!). You'll glide from the Planetarium to the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. Then cruise [glide] along Lake Shore Drive to the heart of Grant Park and the magnificent Buckingham Fountain. Along the way, you'll see Soldier Field, the Sears Tower, the John Hancock building, Navy Pier, Monroe Harbor, Queen’s Landing all while riding the coolest machine in the world the entire time!

    Meeting Point:

    In Chicago, both tours meet their guide inside the South/Group Entrance of the Adler Planetarium on Chicago’s Museum Campus

    Dates & Times
    April 1st - October 31st at 10am and 2:30pm.

    Price:
    $65 per person.

    Reservations Are Required

    Important Notes:

    Their tours begins with a 30-minute orientation session. You will practice on the Segways until everyone feels comfortable and is ready to conquer Chicago. The Segway is appropriate for virtually anyone 12 and older. Anyone suspected of being under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to ride. Unfortunately, pregnant women will not be permitted to participate.

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    Adler Planetarium

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    The planetarium was stop number 3 on the museum campus. Having gone through the extensive Field Museum and the not so extensive but still interesting Shedd Aquarium, I was pretty overloaded at this point. This was the least crowded of the three for some reason. I guess most people prefer the Field Museum or the aquarium.

    The main attraction at the planetarium is the Satr Rider theatre, a virtual reality experience. You ge tto choose one of the shows with the price of admission. Aside from the shows, there are 2 levels of exhibits, most of which are standard science fair type stuff- explanations about the milky way galaxy, how light travels, etc. But there were two sections that I found extremely interesting. The first was the space shuttle exhibit, which contained a model of the shuttle and a film about the history of shuttle launchings. The second was the Atwood Sphere. The sphere is a mini planetarium- the oldest one in Chicago. You can enter the sphere and see the planetarium show.

    Much like the Shedd Aquarium, a visit to the planetarium is not an all day event. In fact, you could easily explore the two in a half day or a more leisurely full day.

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    Magnificent views of the skyline

    by 2rs Written May 19, 2005

    Head out to the Adler Planetarium if you want to get a magnificent view of the Chicago skyline. If you're planning one of the short skyline cruises on the lake to get a good view of the skyline, this may be a good substitution. I did both and found the photo oportunity at the Planetarium better than the cruise from departed from the Navy Pier.

    Chicago skyline from the Adler Planetarium
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    Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

    by wkcsmt Updated Jan 25, 2005

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    Come & visit the Midwest's leading museum for astronomy. Sit back & relax for sky shows in the StartRider Theatre (a 360 degree screen). One of my favourite is Gateway to the Universe... where you experience the feeling of stepping into infinite space in "Space Walk".

    Hours (close on Thanksgiving & Christmas Day):
    Weekdays 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Weekends 9am - 4:30pm
    1st Friday of every month 9:30am - 10pm

    Prices (basic admission + 1 show):
    US$13 Adults
    US$12 Seniors (65+)
    US$11 Children (4-17 years)
    Do check on their website for detailed admission fees and also free days of the year. You can use your Chicago CityPass which will save you about 50% and also at other attractions. If you haven't got one, it's worth getting one if you plan to visit more attractions listed on the pass. See General Tips for more details.

    Gateway to the Universe, Adler Planetarium
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    Learn about the stars

    by meteorologist1 Written Jul 26, 2003

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    The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is a great place to learn about the stars, planets, and the universe. Besides the exhibitions which include hands-on activities and 3D films, the films are also very educational. The museum has 2 theaters. One is a dome-shaped theater where you lie down and look up to see the film. It was an enjoyable experience.

    Regular ticket price for adults: $13.

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    Adler Planetarium

    by aquatic Written Jun 3, 2003

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    The place where Planetarium is located is very beautiful. Even if you have no time to visit Planetarium itself just drive up to it to see Chicago from the shore point of view. In the Planetarium we found out that seeing 2 shows is cheaper than 1 but those were just shows, not much of useful information. Great for kids!

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