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.


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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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"Very educational"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2019 NEW
I knew from reading the reviews here that it would be a mixture of a planetarium and a space museum and was excited to visit it. I was not disappointed one bit. It starts with learning about the Apollo mission. Very interesting. Then you will find different exhibits about space. You will learn about our solar system, stars, galaxies, and superclusters, dark matter, etc etc. I was very lucky to have my very patient eleven year old son with me because he let me read every single bit of text there was to read. It was so, so informative and well done that it never got boring for me. I have to say, though, that because there WAS so much to read and not so much interactive learning, my son's attention went away after a while although he has always been very interested in space. It was just so much text. Luckily, they have a kids' space there which gave him the opportunity to have some fun although it is more geared for younger children. We spent a total of four hours here and it was worth every cent of the $20 general admission we paid. I would highly recommend this museum to everybody.
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"Out of this world!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2019 NEW
Visited the Adler Planetarium last week and was amazed at the exhibits they have with General Admission. Learned about the Planets (is Pluto a Real Planet?), the stars, long ago instruments to follow the stars, telescopes and current Planetary travel. So much to see and touch and even enjoyed walking through the large area especially for small children. Learning while playing. Located on the edge of Lake Michigan, a beautiful area to enjoy.
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Chicago, Illinois
"Lots to see"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 03, 2019 NEW
I took by 8 year old grandson here. He loves museums and enjoyed this. Plenty of displays of on the planets, telescopes, and space exploration. Most of the presentations contained lots of good information although few were interactive.....more old school presentation. Museum is set on a point with a fabulous view of Chicago. We saw a movie there "Destination Solar System" which was first rate...informative and entertaining.
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"A Chicago Gem"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 29, 2019 NEW
I love this museum. They accommodate every age group. I was impressed with their children’s exhibits which had so many fun hands on activities. The movies are fun and interesting. Staff is friendly. Museum is modern and clean.
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Kennesaw, Georgia
"Out of this world"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019
My cheesy title is the only way to describe this museum. We bought the All-Access pass and it was worth every penny. We saw every show and rode in the very first planetarium ever. We built rockets that flew, drove a Mars rover, and enjoyed projector technology we didn't even know existed!
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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.