Adler Planetarium, Chicago

3.5 out of 5 stars 25 Reviews

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.

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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

    by Hosell Updated Oct 31, 2003

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    Very close to The Aquarium and Field museum,is Adler Planetarium,another interesting place to visit.If you have time enough don't miss a visit here!.

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    Lake Michigan

    by Sage49 Updated Feb 24, 2008

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    This photo was taken from behind the Adler Planetarium. To get the best view of Chicago, I may even want to go further down to 33rd st. Beach.

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    Adler Planetarium

    by queensgirl Written Oct 20, 2004

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    You will get another good view of the Chicago skyline and lakefront. Great place to learn about our galaxy, outer space and other planets. I really like this place.

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    Adler Planetarium

    by micas_pt Written Feb 6, 2004

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    Adler Planetarium

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    Adler Planetarium

    by cfuentesm Written Nov 16, 2005

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    The IMAX shows at the planetarium are just fantastic. The planetarium's exhibits are a must, and the views around the site are breathtaking.

    Adler Planetarium Adler Planetarium Views from Adler Planetarium
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    Blues Brother's Restaurant

    by listenandlearn Written Jul 24, 2009

    While browsing downtown, we came across a small Italian barber shop and out by the street was this statue of the "BLUES BROTHERS" made of hard rubber. Below are our photos with the BLUES!
    Enjoy it!

    Dancing with the make believe THE BLUES BROTHERS and me.. Just walking out for more things to do!
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    Adler Planetarium

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 11, 2008

    This is one of America's most impressive planetariums. It also has a good museum devoted to the early science of astronomy.

    An early instrument called the Astolabe Ancient sundials A 17th century university lecture hall

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