The Adler Planetarium

1300 S Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605 Directions
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Free general admission for Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12) and active military personnel Valid for any admission pass. Must show proper identification at the box office. Discounted admission to City of Chicago residents with proof of residency.

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A nice family friendly place to spend the day!
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Parking is a hassle and expensive
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It was a bast for everyone in my family.
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Plan to spend an entire day.
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Get there early.
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Membership has its benefits. No lines and tickets to the shows we wanted.
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I don't advise the Planetarium for children under 4.
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Historic spacecraft, fragments of far away worlds, and maps of the galaxy make outer space seem completely within reach. That's the magic of the Adler Planetarium. From the moment visitors pass through the Clark Family Welcome Gallery?a portal of aluminum tubing, fabric, and video projections?they embark on a journey through space, time, and imagination.

  • Eye Catcher: Earth's neighbors and one massive yellow Sun hang overhead in Our Solar System, which also includes a fragment of a meteorite and a replica of the Mars rover. The Adler is the only place where visitors can touch a piece of the Moon, Mars, and three different asteroids under one roof.
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Historic Atwood Sphere, Chicago's oldest planetarium, where guests can step under a steel dome to view the night sky as it appeared in 1913 thanks to 692 drilled holes.
  • Hands-On Experiments: In The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, you can send yourself digital postcards from across the Universe; it'll only take four hours for one to arrive from Neptune, but be prepared to wait 2.5 million years for one to arrive from the Andromeda galaxy.
  • Hidden Gem: The Space Visualization Lab introduces guests to cutting-edge research that astronomers discuss with visitors one-on-one to convey the vastness of space or the size of the castle they want to build on the Moon.
  • Don't Miss: The live planetarium show, Destination Solar System, blends a sci-fi plot with real science as it journeys to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn's moon Titan.
  • Special Programs: Every third Thursday of the month, Adler After Dark lets amateur astronomers 21 and older spend the evening gazing at the stars with cocktails in hand.

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Aurora BorealisStargazing Tips from an Adler Astronomer

Get the most out of your stargazing gear with these tips.
Destination Solar SystemThe Adler?s New Show Takes You on a (Practically) Real Tour of the Solar System

How an Adler Planetarium scientist and "Lalaloopsy" TV writer propelled their audience across the solar system.
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