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Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium

Planetarium and Science Museum
  • The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and Time Out Chicago Kids recommend this place
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  • Marilina B.
    "The city view, the states and the park by the water is great."(5 Tips)
    ☆ C a r m s ☆
    "City pass entrance through the side can save a lot of time."(4 Tips)
    Mary G.
    "Check beforehand to see which Thursday is free admission."(3 Tips)
    Keith S.
    "sure to checkout the Atwood Sphere"(3 Tips)
164 Tips and reviews
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  • Josh S.
    Josh SciannaOctober 20, 2017
    Went here for Adler After Dark and wasn’t disappointed. The exhibits were fun and the view of the lake towards the city is breathtaking at night.
  • Anis C.
    Anis CharaniaSeptember 22, 2017
    People need more space in their lives
  • iSapien 1.
    iSapien 1956672September 18, 2017
    Space is the place
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MannAugust 21, 2017
    Love the Adler, great museum and amazing city views
  • ☆ C a r m s ☆
    ☆ C a r m s ☆July 3, 2017
    Great location for pictures of the city in the background!
  • ☆ C a r m s ☆
    ☆ C a r m s ☆July 3, 2017
    City pass entrance through the side can save a lot of time. Movies are 30 minutes in cool dome auditoriums. Lots of stuff to READ about. Great for nerds, boring for kids & non-nerds.
  • Antonio B.
    Antonio BurrowesMay 29, 2017
    Best date night spot especially during the summer over looking the city skyline
  • Lana P.
    Lana PelaesMay 25, 2017
    It is a must go place in Chicago! Amazing!
  • Kristi W.
    Kristi WardMarch 22, 2017
    Super fun. Loved learning all about Apollo 13.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FehrenbacherDecember 30, 2016
    great place to visit
  • Damon S.
    Damon SununtnasukOctober 31, 2016
    Be careful - is closes quite early in the autumn months! (4:30pm)
  • Carlos L.
    Carlos LopezOctober 18, 2016
    Needs updates rush, very dated. Interesting shows. This place probably has one of the best views of the Chicago skyline!
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 24, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The view of the universe inside is amazing, but outside, the view of Chicago is equally as great.
  • K
    KSeptember 14, 2016
    Best way to get a beautiful scenic view of the area is to rent a bike and go down. Breathtaking.
  • Denise W.
    Denise WilkersonSeptember 9, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Pokemon hunting
  • Leach E.
    Leach E. E.August 4, 2016
    Current Planet Nine show is a must-see. Latest research in an accessible and visually gripping format.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DorseyAugust 3, 2016
    Busy spot for tourists. Interesting displays and awesome view of skyline.
  • Mohammedali G.
    Nothing is so great here. Dont waste your money and time. Everything is subnormal and nothing that you would miss. You can probably try watching the skyline live show.
  • Pepita G.
    Pepita GonzalesJune 13, 2016
    Loved the show and has lots of exhibits
  • Diana S.
    Diana SotoMay 31, 2016
    Amazing place!
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Free Museum Days - Best Free Activities according to
  • Aidan A.
    Aidan AzherMay 13, 2016
    Run from my home to Adler's every sunday, so its my hangout place on weekends. I love the view of the whole skyline from here.
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelMay 8, 2016
    Cool space exhibits. Not huge so takes about 2 hours to get through if you don't do any of the movies.
  • Maike P.
    Maike PlotnikApril 16, 2016
    Must-visit in chi town !!! Sth really geeky is explained in a straight and cool way so everybody loves our suns and planets afterwards! It was great ! Staff is more than friendly !
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerMarch 25, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    What's not to love! Come during the daytime to use telescopes to look at the sun! Learn about science.
  • Liz B.
    Liz BMarch 21, 2016
    Incredible place to visit! You will also get a beautiful view of the Chicago Skyline!
  • Robert L.
    Robert LandFebruary 12, 2016
    Get the membership. It's well worth it.
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha LeeFebruary 4, 2016
    Fun planetarium. Try to show up early so you can catch all the shows.
  • José Luis G.
    José Luis GarcíaJanuary 14, 2016
    So so, below my expectations
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmileyDecember 17, 2015
    Be sure to checkout the Atwood Sphere where you can see what the Chicago night sky looked like in 1913.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergDecember 17, 2015
    Adler After Dark is the best way to tour the planetarium hands down. The sky's the limit here (see what I did there?)
  • Russ S.
    Russ SandlerOctober 23, 2015
    Incredible view of the skyline. Worth it just for that.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiOctober 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome scenic view of the city!!! Great museum as well
  • Mariel A.
    Mariel AcevesSeptember 28, 2015
    Amazing to take the kids
  • Will S.
    Will St MartinSeptember 27, 2015
    Very interesting place with great people, the staff will blow your mind with their knowledge! Used the CityPass deal, good value for money!
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BaconSeptember 22, 2015
    Very knowledgable staff
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 8, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Catch every show when you buy your tickets. Their exhibitions on their own are great, but the shows in the theaters are beyond amazing.
  • Bulent A.
    Bulent AdalarAugust 11, 2015
    Must see place..
  • Marilina B.
    Marilina BedrosAugust 10, 2015
    There are so many interesting things to see here. The city view, the states and the park by the water is great.
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireJuly 29, 2015
    It's nice, but the best part is the Skyline view that you have from the Galileo Caffee.
  • Elif U.
    Elif UzunerJuly 29, 2015
    Great experience both for adults and children.
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WeissJune 30, 2015
    Had so much fun here. Lots of hands on activities and the dome theater was awesome.
  • Margarita G.
    Margarita GonzalezJune 21, 2015
  • Mike B.
    Mike BrownsteinJune 3, 2015
    Gemini 12 capsule is here!
  • Martin C.
    Martin CuellarMay 10, 2015
    Bring your glasses
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistApril 23, 2015
    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
  • Lola A.
    Lola A.April 5, 2015
    A lot of Interesting information, but a boring place
  • Lenny A.
    Lenny AnkireddiMarch 30, 2015
    Plan what shows you want to see in advance. Most are back to back and may not be easy to catch without prior planning.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 17, 2015
    The view of Chicago from Adler is nice. The planetarium felt like walking through a bunch of poster boards with too much information.
  • Paulo H.
    Paulo HenriqueFebruary 1, 2015
    Boring... No more to say! I wish they have more things to see.
  • davelewand
    davelewandNovember 27, 2014
    great views of the skyline from Adler
  • Yaqoob A.
    Yaqoob AlobaidliNovember 12, 2014
    Very nice overall and specifically for planets freaks
  • Miguel R.
    Miguel RiosOctober 3, 2014
    Great Museum!, Nice graphic design :)
  • T C.
    T CallahanSeptember 26, 2014
    Ride a Divvy here with friends for free admission Tuesdays for IL residents.
  • Pam
    PamSeptember 19, 2014
    Adler After Dark is a great way to visit the planetarium.
  • Mark
    MarkSeptember 14, 2014
    Awesome place to take the family. Pretty good for the kids and not too expensive. Free for teachers.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WongSeptember 5, 2014
    The exhibits aren't anything special; however, the planetarium and the shows are amazing! Also, best view of the city skyline.
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KemperSeptember 3, 2014
    See the oldest planetarium of the world. Outside there is a great view on the skyline of Windy City!
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezSeptember 1, 2014
    Walk around the planetarium and sit on the steps in the back. It's super peaceful!
  • James C.
    James CAugust 22, 2014
    Get the city pass to do all the museums.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 19, 2014
    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.
  • Hardik D.
    Hardik DevaniAugust 18, 2014
    Telescopes and view of the city !
  • Mindy
    MindyJuly 25, 2014
    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.
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterJuly 8, 2014
    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.
  • Edward E.
    Edward ElchicoJuly 6, 2014
    Show a Bank of America card and you get general admission for free!!
  • Hakkı D.
    Hakkı DemirciJune 8, 2014
  • Paul A.
    Paul AlfredApril 29, 2014
    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.
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WarnerFebruary 15, 2014
    Yelp Check-In Deal: 1 free "sweet treat" in Galileo's Cafe.
  • Alexander V.
    Alexander VargasJanuary 16, 2014
    Fantastic the theater !!!
  • Fabio C.
    Fabio CarvalhoDecember 22, 2013
    One of the best Chicago skyline views in the entire city! Go to the cafeteria and enjoy!
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyDecember 19, 2013
    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!
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterNovember 21, 2013
    From just outside the entrance you get a fantastic view of the Chicago skyline.
  • Tempera K.
    Tempera KendallNovember 5, 2013
    Beautiful place to watch the sunrise!
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BiebertOctober 26, 2013
    Not sure why main shows aren't included with city pass. That's pretty much all there is to do here.
  • Let's Go Road Trippin
    Let's Go Road TrippinOctober 23, 2013
    Oldest Planetarium in the US. Just outside, you will get one of the best pictures of the Chicago Skyline!
  • Jean-Mi L.
    Jean-Mi LamotteSeptember 29, 2013
    Check the opening hours twice before you go !
  • Michael B.
    Need to check it out if your looking for a unique place to hold a wedding or event.
  • Ruth M.
    Ruth MadrigalAugust 18, 2013
    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..
  • Emily M.
    Emily MitchellJuly 18, 2013
    Great shows like night sky live if you want to learn more about constellations in the night sky (like the swab from swan lake!)
  • Mustafa U.
    Mustafa ULAŞJune 18, 2013
    Chicago ' un en guzel yeri. Kimsenin bilmediği saklı bir güzellik. The greatest place of Chicago. Don't miss it !
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RodegheroJune 6, 2013
    Check the website for hours of operation - usually open until 6pm not 4
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RodegheroJune 6, 2013
    Listen to the presentations available & ask questions for a fun & highly educational learning experience. Don't miss the grainger sky theater either!!
  • Jackie H.
    Jackie HeilweilMay 28, 2013
    This place is lame, skip it
  • HRH S.
    HRH SARApril 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best view of rising planets & Sunsets when the Moor rises awesome
  • Arturo P.
    Arturo PortalJanuary 18, 2013
    I you're not that a fan of the universe, might be a bit boring.
  • Robin B.
    Robin BDecember 27, 2012
    Remember to look up!
  • Suma
    SumaNovember 28, 2012
    The Welcome to the Universe show is a great way to experience the Grainger auditorium. And, this holiday season they have the bonus snow globe show!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkNovember 27, 2012
    The road leading up to the planetarium has an excellent view of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan; it is excellent for family pictures and very well-lit during the day. Perfect weather in the summer!
  • Jared P.
    Jared PNovember 17, 2012
    I actually went into the planetarium. It's okay. We got in for free. I would pay if I was really crazy about this stuff, but I'm not.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SawickiNovember 7, 2012
    Make sure to check out the Atwood Sphere! Celebrating 100 years in 2013. This thing is an amazing piece of history!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithOctober 21, 2012
    Don't miss "Astronomy & Culture," an exhibit dedicated solely to the history of astronomy throughout the world.
  • Amit
    AmitSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Swing by the Space Visualization Lab to hear about Citizen Science projects at the Adler. Every Sunday between 2:00 - 3:00.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenAugust 23, 2012
    Free WiFi! Network name = ADLER, no password
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenAugust 23, 2012
    Imagine yourself inside the Gemini XII capsule!
  • Dan. M.
    Dan. MastrettaJuly 30, 2012
    Don't come here if you are not going to see the films, most of the show is there. The expo is fine but not impressive.
  • Christina G.
    Christina GalanisJuly 23, 2012
    Go ahead and skip Deep Space Adventure. The creepy alien tells his made up story in great details but glosses over the super awesome space stuff that I'm actually here for!!
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Adler Planetarium is nominated for Best Museum for the Family in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at!
  • TeeGeeBoy
    TeeGeeBoyJune 17, 2012
    The 3d shows are really cool. To top it all of, place has free wifi. :)
  • Rick T.
    Rick TantonJune 13, 2012
    Take your best shot of the Chicago skyline without leaving land. Wilco fan? You'll recognize the view from the front cover of the "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" documentary DVD.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GotteMay 21, 2012
    A very nice place for a dinner with your loved one!
    HISTORYMay 8, 2012
    This Planetarium was founded in 1930 by Max Adler, who was so impressed by a European machine replicating the night sky that he decided to build one.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzApril 15, 2012
    More great skyline shots can be had from this lake side gem. The first planetarium in the US. Located around Solider Field, The Field Museum and more.
  • David A.
    David AdlerMarch 30, 2012
    Hey! My name is Adler!
  • 4sq Ninja
    4sq NinjaMarch 15, 2012
    Always take the outer ring seats. Your neck will thank you
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergMarch 10, 2012
    I just love the whole Museum Campus area. Gorgeous views and stuff to do.
  • Jenn J.
    Jenn JarmulaFebruary 6, 2012
    Monthly 'Adler After Dark' events are the BEST!
  • Dan. M.
    Dan. MastrettaFebruary 1, 2012
    There is a real SpaceCraft here... loved to see a piece of history
  • Carolyn J.
    Carolyn JacobsJanuary 6, 2012
    Don't miss the historic Atwood experience. Very cool!
  • Nate A.
    Nate ArnoldDecember 30, 2011
    Have a rich uncle donate a lot of money so hopefully you can get free admission.
  • Brenda H.
    Brenda HernandezDecember 9, 2011
    Adler After Dark is not only a fun event, packed with activities.. it also plays 3 different shows throughout the night, all included in one low price!
  • venessa t.
    venessa tarbellNovember 16, 2011
    The newly remodeled kids area made out membership totally worth it.
  • Edge K.
    Edge KurzejaNovember 7, 2011
    Did the Astor Overnight with the kids. It was a great time.
  • Roosevelt Collection
    Roosevelt CollectionOctober 31, 2011
    Visit all three full-size theaters! Oh and don't forget to bring your camera for a great skyline shot of the city.
  • Bill Q.
    Bill QOctober 3, 2011
    Deep Space Adventure is a TOTAL waste of money. Very disappointed w/the cheesy story, despite beautiful graphics. Check to see if your ticket includes the Atwood sphere- a cool piece of history.
  • Craig B.
    Craig BallSeptember 17, 2011
    The best view of the Chicago skyline is from the cafe at the Adler. Truly awesome!
  • lindsey
    lindseySeptember 16, 2011
    the hills outside the entrance are great for rolling down
  • London L.
    London LockhartSeptember 14, 2011
    Try the DRY Alien Ice Cream they sell at the shop, its a trip but good, LoL.
  • David T.
    David ThompsonSeptember 11, 2011
    Disappointing but if your nearby walk over to see the view of the Chicago skyline
  • Jerry L.
    Jerry LopezAugust 24, 2011
    A lof things not work. Spaceship shows MSDOS error!!
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BustillosAugust 23, 2011
    Not as enjoyable unless you're 15 and under.
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
    Lou Malnati's PizzeriaAugust 17, 2011
    Along with being the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere, it is the oldest in existence today. This is also the best place to view Chicago's Skyline without setting foot on a boat. Read more
  • United Federation Starfleet
    Located along Chicago's lakefront, see the various exhibits and the shows! They were one of the sites in the running to get one of the retired shuttles too!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Don’t miss the skyline view from Café Galileo’s at the Planetarium, the oldest planetarium in the western hemisphere, before or after a splendid skyshow. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Andrea
    AndreaJuly 22, 2011
    Try Adler after dark.
  • kate spade new york
    kate spade new yorkJuly 21, 2011
    there’s no better place to look at the stars in all of chicago
  • Kellie B.
    Kellie BrumbackJuly 19, 2011
    Pass on the Deep Space Adventure! The graphics are really cool but the story line is boring! Love the Adler though!!
  • Kaye I.
    Kaye IlaganJuly 10, 2011
    DEEP SPACE ADVENTURE show was not informative at all, there was some sci-fi scenery that did not even look realistic, opt for another show. There were a lot of restored telescopes that caught my eye!
  • Tim
    TimJuly 8, 2011
    Skip the deep space adventure if you want to learn, ANYTHING. great visuals... but trust me, that's it.
  • Roland V.
    Roland VarrialeJune 28, 2011
    Teachers get entry plus a show for free. Just show a faculty ID at the ticket counter
  • Peter G.
    Peter GlodzJune 27, 2011
    Enjoy an awesome view of Navy Pier's fireworks on Wed/Sat at 9:30PM in the summer!!
  • Ray H.
    Ray HostetlerJune 18, 2011
    Get a City Pass and skip all lines!
  • Norman M.
    Norman MirandaJune 11, 2011
    Go watch the shows, very educational.
  • Travis M.
    Travis McLainMay 2, 2011
    Quite under-whelming. Don't waste your time. Been much better in much smaller cities
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NardDecember 31, 2010
    The membership is a huge deal - $95 for Chicago resident families includes all exhibits yearly plus guest passes - up to 6 kids (including friends of your kids)
  • NASA
    NASADecember 7, 2010
    Adler is the lead Education and Public Outreach institution for the NASA IBEX mission which launched in 2008. The satellite is about the size of a bus tire and maps the entire heliosphere boundary. Read more
  • Harsha N.
    Harsha NagarajuNovember 23, 2010
    The journey to the stars show is great!!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MorganNovember 21, 2010
    If you visit more than once a year and see shows both times, a family membership is worth the $
  • Brian S.
    Brian SearlOctober 25, 2010
    Don't miss the great views of the downtown skyline just outside by the sundial.
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HarmanSeptember 15, 2010
    Eat at the cafe in the Adler! Sandwhiches are cheap and its got the best view of the city!
  • AskMen
    AskMenAugust 20, 2010
    Taking place the 3rd Thurs of every month, Adler After Dark is always a solid bet for grabbing a few post-work drinks & mingling with a crowd of fetching ladies. Read more
  • Matt S.
    Matt SchulteJuly 29, 2010
    Best view of Chicago Skyline is from the front steps of the Planetarium. Bring your camera!
  • Tracy H.
    Tracy HitchinsJuly 18, 2010
    In March of 2010, the Adler opened Planet Explorers, a new exhibition for children ages 3-8 and their caregivers. It's a great place for the little ones to explore!!
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    If you need stroller access, use the South Entrance on the Mid-Level South. There is a second Box Office just inside that entrance.Powered by Read more
  • Mary G.
    Mary GazzeMay 28, 2010
    Check beforehand to see which Thursday is free admission. Extra $7 for the Night Sky show, which explains the stars you can see that night
  • Roberto M.
    Roberto MartellMay 23, 2010
    Best view of the Chicago skyline, bar none.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 21, 2010
    Enjoy the scenic sights & a dash of stimulating discourse at this month’s edition of Adler After Dark. Scenesters & cultural aficionados alike will be in attendance, mingling & flirting. Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 19, 2010
    Every 3rd Thurs. of the month, Adler Planetarium opens up its doors for Chicagoans to mingle & peruse exhibits with cocktails & appetizers in hand. This week, DJ D-Rek spins everything music.
  • Todor K.
    Todor KrecuFebruary 7, 2010
    The $3 million projector is cool.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CJuly 23, 2009
    Watch the show.
  • Ishel David M.
    Ishel David Montes RochaDecember 7, 2016
    Excelente museo, en especial las películas. El restaurante no tiene más que sándwiches fríos.
  • Arturo L.
    Arturo LunaAugust 23, 2016
    La película "Destination solar system" en el Grainger Sky es impresionante por los efectos visuales!
  • Aldiux A.
    Aldiux AJanuary 30, 2016
    Todo está muy padre, y la vista al lago es impresionante
  • Jorge G.
    Jorge GuerreroOctober 16, 2015
    La entrada al lugar es obligatoria! Conoce un poco de la historia espacial de USA y del universo de manera muy divertida!
  • Juan R.
    Juan RMSeptember 20, 2015
    La astronomía siempre es muy interesante!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DziadzkoMarch 31, 2015
    Нормально побеситься ребенку. Сам планетарий средний.
  • Sandra C.
    Sandra CeballosFebruary 26, 2015
  • Marcus A.
    Os filmes são bons! Mas dá um pouco do sono...rss
  • Aracely C.
    Aracely ContrerasSeptember 18, 2014
    Con el citypass tienes un show gratis. Increíble lugar, muy interactivo.
  • Willian O.
    Willian OliveiraAugust 11, 2014
    As atrações nos cinemas são as melhores.
  • Anatoly T.
    Anatoly TsapenkoJuly 30, 2014
    Развлечения для детей в планетарии были хорошими
  • Anatoly T.
    Anatoly TsapenkoJuly 30, 2014
    Развлечения для детей в планетарии
  • Fabian V.
    Fabian VargasAugust 3, 2013
    En la luna la vida es más sabrosa.
  • Lorena V.
    Lorena VaSeptember 19, 2011
    El peor museo de la vida esta aburridisimo
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