Planetarium location offers nice views of city. Inside there are all sorts of exhibits on space and such.
Field Museum offers stuffed animals and the like. I'm greatly underplaying both of these locations, but my visits here were extremely brief, so I didn't get to see a whole lot.
There are three museums in this space (the Shedd Oceanarium, the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum - known for its exhibit of Sue, the dinasour). You take your pick on which one interests you. If you plan to visit all of these (and the other museums like the Art Institute and the Science and Industry), then buy the City Pass. It saves money and time (since you do not have to wait in line). You could buy the City pass through Ticket master.
For one of the most beautiful views of the city you must visit the Adler Planetarium. In the Planetarium there is a sky theater with various shows. There is also interactive exhibits.
Chris was right when he said the view from here was the best. It is awesome!!
Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium are located so close that people call them Museum Campus. It is nice to have a quick tour through these three totally different museum in one day. You can see many intersting exhibitions. Outside the museum, it is also a good spot to enjoy the skyline of Chicago.
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.
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
June 6 - September 5
Everyday 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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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