Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium

Planetarium and Science Museum
1300 S Lake Shore Dr (at Solidarity Dr), Chicago, IL 60605, United States
Open until 6:00 PM (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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  • AskMen

    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 · May 21, 2010
  • NASA

    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

    NASA · December 7, 2010
  • Matt S.

    Best view of Chicago Skyline is from the front steps of the Planetarium. Bring your camera!

    Matt Schulte · July 29, 2010

    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.

    HISTORY · May 8, 2012
  • AskMen

    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.

    AskMen · March 19, 2010
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

    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

    Lou Malnati's Pizzeria · August 17, 2011
  • The Magnificent Mile

    Want to impress your date? "Adler After Dark" is a 21+ event featuring cocktails, apps, Saturn's rings & the largest public telescope in the Midwest. Every 3rd Thursday, Adler Planetarium. Read more

    The Magnificent Mile · October 8, 2010
  • Jeff C.

    Watch the show.

    Jeff C · July 23, 2009
  • 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

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · August 2, 2011
  • AskMen

    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

    AskMen · August 20, 2010
  • Roberto M.

    Best view of the Chicago skyline, bar none.

    Roberto Martell · May 23, 2010
  • Tim

    Skip the deep space adventure if you want to learn, ANYTHING. great visuals... but trust me, that's it.

    Tim · July 8, 2011
  • Eric A.

    Free WiFi! Network name = ADLER, no password

    Eric Andersen · August 23, 2012
  • 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
  • Brian S.

    Don't miss the great views of the downtown skyline just outside by the sundial.

    Brian Searl · October 25, 2010
  • Dora

    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

    Dora · June 30, 2010
  • Todor K.

    The $3 million projector is cool.

    Todor Krecu · February 7, 2010
  • Amit

    Swing by the Space Visualization Lab to hear about Citizen Science projects at the Adler. Every Sunday between 2:00 - 3:00.

    Amit · September 23, 2012
  • 4sq Ninja

    Always take the outer ring seats. Your neck will thank you

    4sq Ninja · March 15, 2012
  • Nate A.

    Have a rich uncle donate a lot of money so hopefully you can get free admission.

    Nate Arnold · December 30, 2011
  • 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!

    United Federation Starfleet · August 16, 2011
  • kate spade new york

    there’s no better place to look at the stars in all of chicago

    kate spade new york · July 21, 2011
  • Social N.

    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!

    Social News Network · November 27, 2012
  • Jake S.

    Don't miss "Astronomy & Culture," an exhibit dedicated solely to the history of astronomy throughout the world.

    Jake Smith · October 21, 2012
  • Eric A.

    Imagine yourself inside the Gemini XII capsule!

    Eric Andersen · August 23, 2012
  • Rick J.

    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.

    Rick Jessup · June 13, 2012
  • Craig B.

    The best view of the Chicago skyline is from the cafe at the Adler. Truly awesome!

    Craig Ball · September 17, 2011
  • Andrea

    Try Adler after dark.

    Andrea · July 22, 2011
  • Ray H.

    Get a City Pass and skip all lines!

    Ray Hostetler · June 18, 2011
  • Tracy H.

    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!!

    Tracy Hitchins · July 18, 2010
  • 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
  • Catriona H.

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

    Catriona Hunter · November 21, 2013
  • Trump Hotel Collection

    The Adler Planetarium invites you to explore the history of astronomy research, discover over 500 astronomical artifacts and enjoy featured attractions.

    Trump Hotel Collection · March 25, 2013
  • Arturo P.

    I you're not that a fan of the universe, might be a bit boring.

    Arturo Portal · January 18, 2013
  • Suma

    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!

    Suma · November 28, 2012
  • Dan. M.

    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.

    Dan. Mastretta · July 30, 2012
  • Aaron C.

    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.

    Aaron Cruz · April 15, 2012
  • Scott Kleinberg

    I just love the whole Museum Campus area. Gorgeous views and stuff to do.

    Scott Kleinberg · March 10, 2012
  • venessa t.

    The newly remodeled kids area made out membership totally worth it.

    venessa tarbell · November 16, 2011
  • Roosevelt Collection

    Visit all three full-size theaters! Oh and don't forget to bring your camera for a great skyline shot of the city.

    Roosevelt Collection · October 31, 2011
  • Bill Q.

    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.

    Bill Q · October 3, 2011
  • Stephanie B.

    Not as enjoyable unless you're 15 and under.

    Stephanie Bustillos · August 23, 2011
  • Travis M.

    Quite under-whelming. Don't waste your time. Been much better in much smaller cities

    Travis McLain · May 2, 2011
  • Michael M.

    If you visit more than once a year and see shows both times, a family membership is worth the $

    Michael Morgan · November 21, 2010
  • 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 · 1 week ago
  • Fabian V.

    En la luna la vida es más sabrosa.

    Fabian Vargas · August 3, 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
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    Thanongsak Chaojin · May 9, 2011
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  • Marcus A.

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