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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
"On your self-guided tour you'll visit the historic Atwood Experience identifying the positions of the brightest stars in the night sky and constellations they form. You'll also visit Shoot for the Moon highlighting the exciting stories of space exploration and America's bold plans to travel to the Moon.In Adler’s newest exhibit The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time be transported to the distant corners of the cosmos and witness how the Universe evolved over 13.7 billion years - from the Big Bang to modern day. Additionally see a Sky Show in the Grainger Space Theater Definiti Space Theater or Johnson Family Star Theater. There are over five Sky Shows to choose from and you can select which you would like to see upon arrival.The Adler Planetarium is fun for the whole family and a great way to get a closer look"""Be transported to the outer reaches of the Universe on a visit to Chicago's Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
From $35.00
Chicago CityPass
"Chicago CityPASS includes entry to: Shedd Aquarium (includes VIP entry to Waters of the World galleries Amazon Rising Wild Reef Abbott Oceanarium Polar Play Zone Amphibians special exhibit and Stingray Touch (May to October) plus your choice of a 4-D Experience. The Field Museum (includes All-Access Pass
From $98.00
Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Board the open-top double-decker bus at any of the 14 stops to start your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago and listen to live commentary through provided earphones to find out fun facts about the city and its iconic architecture. 

The full circuit takes about about 2 hours but you can hop off and back on as many times as you like within a 24- 48- or 72-hour period depending on option selected when booking. Buses run regularly giving you flexibility to discover the city at your leisure. The bus route takes you through Grant Park
From $40.00

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Field Museum

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.

Aug 26, 2002

visit the Museum Campus

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.

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Aug 26, 2002

For one of the most beautiful...

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!!

Aug 25, 2002

Museum Campus

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.

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Aug 24, 2002
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Adler Planetarium

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.

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Oct 14, 2013

Located on North Island

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
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.

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Jun 10, 2011

Magnificent views of the skyline

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.

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May 19, 2005

Adler Planetarium

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

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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Feb 24, 2008

Adler Planetarium

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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Oct 20, 2004

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Feb 06, 2004

Adler Planetarium

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

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Nov 16, 2005

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Getting to Adler Planetarium


1300 S Lakeshore Dr


  • Sunday 09:30 to 16:30
  • Monday 09:30 to 16:00
  • Tuesday 09:30 to 16:00
  • Wednesday 09:30 to 16:00
  • Thursday 09:30 to 16:00
  • Friday 09:30 to 16:00
  • Saturday 09:30 to 16:30