Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium

Planetarium and Science Museum
1300 S Lake Shore Dr (at Solidarity Dr), Chicago, IL 60605, United States
Closed until 9:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:30 AM–6:00 PM
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The Adler Planetarium was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to three full-size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and one of the world's most important antique astronomical instrument collections on display. (See all)


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    Tiffany H.
    Sandwhiches are cheap and its got the best view of the city!(25 Tips)
    Mary G.
    Check beforehand to see which Thursday is free admission.(3 Tips)
    High recommend Cosmic Wonder show in Sky Grainger theater.(2 Tips)
    Matthew S.
    Make sure to check out the Atwood Sphere!(2 Tips)
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  • Martin C.

    Bring your glasses

    Martin Cuellar · 2 weeks ago
  • Chicagoist

    The Adler is every nerd-at-heart's paradise. See a show in the Sky Theater, a massive domed viewing screen where you look up and feel a rush as you travel through the stars. Read more

    Chicagoist · April 23
  • Lola A.

    A lot of Interesting information, but a boring place

    Lola A. · April 5
  • Michael D.

    Нормально побеситься ребенку. Сам планетарий средний.

    Michael Dziadzko · March 31
  • Lenny A.

    Plan what shows you want to see in advance. Most are back to back and may not be easy to catch without prior planning.

    Lenny Ankireddi · March 30
  • Sandra C.


    Sandra Ceballos · February 26
  • Kelly W.

    The view of Chicago from Adler is nice. The planetarium felt like walking through a bunch of poster boards with too much information.

    Kelly Wong · February 17
  • Marcus A.

    Os filmes são bons! Mas dá um pouco do sono...rss

  • Paulo H.

    Boring... No more to say! I wish they have more things to see.

    Paulo Henrique · February 1
  • davelewand

    great views of the skyline from Adler

    davelewand · November 27, 2014
  • Yaqoob A.

    Very nice overall and specifically for planets freaks

    Yaqoob Alobaidli · November 12, 2014
  • Miguel R.

    Great Museum!, Nice graphic design :)

    Miguel Rios · October 3, 2014
  • T C.

    Ride a Divvy here with friends for free admission Tuesdays for IL residents.

    T Callahan · September 26, 2014
  • Pam

    Adler After Dark is a great way to visit the planetarium.

    Pam · September 19, 2014
  • Aracely C.

    Con el citypass tienes un show gratis. Increíble lugar, muy interactivo.

    Aracely Contreras · September 18, 2014
  • Mark

    Awesome place to take the family. Pretty good for the kids and not too expensive. Free for teachers.

    Mark · September 14, 2014
  • Mark W.

    The exhibits aren't anything special; however, the planetarium and the shows are amazing! Also, best view of the city skyline.

    Mark Wong · September 5, 2014
  • Daniel K.

    See the oldest planetarium of the world. Outside there is a great view on the skyline of Windy City!

    Daniel Kemper · September 3, 2014
  • Anamaria H.

    Walk around the planetarium and sit on the steps in the back. It's super peaceful!

    Anamaria Hernandez · September 1, 2014
  • James C.

    Get the city pass to do all the museums.

    James C · August 22, 2014
  • Andrea C.

    Best view of the city is from the steps. Get here early to beat the afternoon crowds. The aquarium and Field Museum are a short bus ride away.

    Andrea C · August 19, 2014
  • Hardik D.

    Telescopes and view of the city !

    Hardik Devani · August 18, 2014
  • Willian O.

    As atrações nos cinemas são as melhores.

    Willian Oliveira · August 11, 2014
  • Anatoly T.

    Развлечения для детей в планетарии были хорошими

    Anatoly Tsapenko · July 30, 2014
  • Anatoly T.

    Развлечения для детей в планетарии

    Anatoly Tsapenko · July 30, 2014
  • Mindy

    Great view of Chicago skyline and Navy Pier. Love the variety of meteorites and old telescopes on display. High recommend Cosmic Wonder show in Sky Grainger theater.

    Mindy · July 25, 2014
  • Tony W.

    On the side of the planetarium is the best view of the Chicago skyline that there is. It's absolutely beautiful for photos at sunset, and a good spot for a picnic.

    Tony Webster · July 8, 2014
  • Edward E.

    Show a Bank of America card and you get general admission for free!!

    Edward Elchico · July 6, 2014
  • Hakkı D.


    Hakkı Demirci · June 8, 2014
  • Joseph K.

    Joseph K · May 27, 2014
  • Joseph K.

    Joseph K · May 27, 2014
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    Joseph K · May 27, 2014
  • Paul A.

    If you are a fan of astronomy - this is a great place to visit. Lots of great multi-media presentations and use of Tablet and touchscreen technology. Just wish for more complex themes like Blackholes.

    Paul Alfred · April 29, 2014
  • Crystal W.

    Yelp Check-In Deal: 1 free "sweet treat" in Galileo's Cafe.

    Crystal Warner · February 15, 2014
  • Alexander V.

    Fantastic the theater !!!

    Alexander Vargas · January 16, 2014
  • Fabio C.

    One of the best Chicago skyline views in the entire city! Go to the cafeteria and enjoy!

    Fabio Carvalho · December 22, 2013
  • Erik R.

    Fascinating displays of the universe, look for the interactive display walls just past the admission room. Well worth catching a show at the Grainger Theater!

    Erik Rowley · December 19, 2013
  • Catriona H.

    From just outside the entrance you get a fantastic view of the Chicago skyline.

    Catriona Hunter · November 21, 2013
  • Tempera K.

    Beautiful place to watch the sunrise!

    Tempera Kendall · November 5, 2013
  • Aaron B.

    Not sure why main shows aren't included with city pass. That's pretty much all there is to do here.

    Aaron Biebert · October 26, 2013
  • Let's Go Road Trippin

    Oldest Planetarium in the US. Just outside, you will get one of the best pictures of the Chicago Skyline!

    Let's Go Road Trippin · October 23, 2013
  • Jean-Mi L.

    Check the opening hours twice before you go !

    Jean-Mi Lamotte · September 29, 2013
  • Michael B.

    Need to check it out if your looking for a unique place to hold a wedding or event.

    Michael Brock-Alexander · August 19, 2013
  • Ruth M.

    I liked the exhibitions more than the shows. Astronomy and Culture was one of the best in there. I am not sure why some people say that this place is lame, probably they don't stop to read and learn..

    Ruth Madrigal · August 18, 2013
  • Fabian V.

    En la luna la vida es más sabrosa.

    Fabian Vargas · August 3, 2013
  • Emily M.

    Great shows like night sky live if you want to learn more about constellations in the night sky (like the swab from swan lake!)

    Emily Mitchell · July 18, 2013
  • Mustafa U.

    Chicago ' un en guzel yeri. Kimsenin bilmediği saklı bir güzellik. The greatest place of Chicago. Don't miss it !

    Mustafa ULAŞ · June 18, 2013
  • Sarah R.

    Check the website for hours of operation - usually open until 6pm not 4

    Sarah Rodeghero · June 6, 2013
  • Sarah R.

    Listen to the presentations available & ask questions for a fun & highly educational learning experience. Don't miss the grainger sky theater either!!

    Sarah Rodeghero · June 6, 2013
  • Jackie H.

    This place is lame, skip it

    Jackie Heilweil · May 28, 2013

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