Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL

1300 South Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605
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Located in Chicago, Illinois, Adler Planetarium serves as America’s first planetarium and prime resource for inspiring future space explorers. Guests can enjoy seeing the various exhibitions (including Mission Moon, Our Solar System, Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass and more), shows (like Cosmic Wonder, Destination Solar System, Skywatch Live and more), programs and more.

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from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Eat at Café Galileo's by Food For Thought while at the planetarium.
  • The first planetarium in the United States of America.
  • All Access Pass includes unlimited shows, all exhibits, and the Atwood Sphere Experience.
  • Parking available in the lot adjacent to the planetarium.


from Adler Planetarium
Explore the outer reaches of the universe with this admission ticket to Chicago's Adler Planetarium, the first planetarium in the United States. Learn about space at the most advanced and oldest planetarium in existence today, with a plethora of shows and exhibits to delight visitors of all ages. Discover must-see shows like Cosmic Wonder, Destination Solar System and Skywatch Live and exhibits like Mission Moon, Our Solar System and the Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time. Admission includes choice of two Sky Shows and tour of historic Atwood Sphere.

Chicago's Adler Planetarium is America's first planetarium and a premier resource for inspiring the next generation of space explorers with its many must-see live shows, exhibits and events. With this full-day admission ticket, enjoy the benefits an Anytime All-Access Pass provides at the world’s most advanced planetarium. Discover all the live shows, including Cosmic Wonder, a journey to the deepest reaches of space, from the birth of stars to the mystery of dark matter; Destination Solar System, a breathtaking tour of the sun, moon and planets in the year 2096; Skywatch Live, the premier planetarium experience that navigates the abundance of objects that make up our universe and many more. Also, see all the exhibitions.

At Mission Moon, find out how the United States became the first nation to put a man on the Moon, what it’s really like to be an astronaut and why it takes an entire team to explore uncharted worlds. In Our Solar System, touch a piece of the Moon, the planet Mars or a distant asteroid. And at the Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, travel to the distant corners of the cosmos and witness how the universe evolved more than 13.7 billion years ago, from the Big Bang to this morning’s sunrise. Additionally, enjoy access to the historic Atwood Sphere — to experience the night sky over Chicago as it appeared in 1913 — and select two Sky Shows upon arrival.

Hungry? Visit Café Galileo's by Food For Thought for a relaxing lunch of soups, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, beverages and desserts — and the best view of the beautiful Chicago skyline. On the way out, stop by the Adler Store for educational toys and games, space books and videos, official Adler gear and much more.

Note: All tickets expire One (1) year from date of purchase.

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
"Mike and Girls 1990"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 14, 2019 NEW
Great information about all the planets in our solar system. I especially like jumping from planet to planet and learning information about each planet. We definitely recommend a visit. There are lots of displays of the different planets. Enjoy
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Georgetown, Kentucky
"Very interesting!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 13, 2019 NEW
The shoes were amazing! So good. As for the information and set up of all other information, it was very interesting. My 7 year old loved the shoes, but honestly would have probably enjoyed it more if she was a little older. Maybe 9 or 10 years old, would be perfect! I would definitely go back, though.
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Hebron, Kentucky
"Neat place. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 12, 2019 NEW
We see a lot of aviation and space/NASA stuff in our travels. Honestly, I was concerned, because this place did not seem to set itself apart at first. My 6 year old even noted, "Oh it's another space capsule" (we have seen a lot! 🤣😂). But once we got in further we were impressed. I liked the attention to detail with many of the exhibits, like the use of old cabinet televisions. And a lot of bridging the gap between ancient astronomy to post modern space. The most unique part for us was the display featuring telescopes. You do not see these everywhere. This place has a coat check. It is a reciprocal museum. Lots of interactive exhibits. Helpful staff. Great area for kids.
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London, United Kingdom
"Very good!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 09, 2019 NEW
Here you will find a comprehensive representation of our solar system. The exploration of the moon, Mars, our solar system in general, and the Universe as a whole, are presented in a easy way for everyone to understand. Kids will love it!
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Louisville, Kentucky
"Nice planetarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 08, 2019 NEW
Visited during spring break so large crowds. Exhibits are interesting, not overly interactive as many are text panels. We were short on time so didn’t visit one of the planetarium shows, I’m sure that would have added to experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Adler Planetarium

Is parking available?
Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Adler Planetarium or in the parking garage at Soldier Field. Metered street parking is also available. The standard rate for the lot adjacent to the Adler is $19 per car, but rates change frequently due to activities like football games, concerts, and other special events.

Is the museum handicap accessible?
Yes, the Adler Planetarium's is wheelchair accessible and the entrance is located at the South Box Office.

Is there a place to eat?
For a nice, relaxing lunch and the best view of the Chicago skyline there’s nowhere better than Café Galileo’s. Café Galileo’s provides a variety of freshly prepared options, including an array of soups, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, beverages and desserts.

Does the Adler Planetarium offer a gift shop?
Yes, they offer the Adler Store for toys and games, space books and videos, Adler gear, and much more.