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Adler Planetarium, Chicago

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Both a National Historic Landmark and one of the most well-known facilities of its kind in the country, Adler Planetarium is set in an Art Deco building on the shores of Lake Michigan. The planetarium was America's first, and today features multiple domed theaters and an extensive selection of themed shows that detail the universe and planetary systems. As you sit in the sky theater, you'll find that it is one of the most technologically advanced of its type. Visit the onsite museum to see exhibits on the history of astronomy, astronomical technology, the solar system, telescopes, cyberspace, and more. Add Adler Planetarium and other attractions to your Chicago trip itinerary using our Chicago travel itinerary maker.
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TripAdvisor
  • First time here and I wasn't overly impressed. I didn't think there was a ton to see. Our ticket included two movies which were the highlight of the visit.  more »
  • My son an I went on an Adler Planetarium adventure. We arrived at about 10:00 and went directly to the children's area, which had activities for children of all ages. We then watched the "Welcome to t...  more »
  • We went to Alder Planetarium on a Thursday. None of us had ever been there before, but it seemed interesting. We bought our tickets online which was nice, because we did not have to wait in line to bu...  more »
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  • One of the better planetariums I've been to. The staff were incredibly friendly. As a solo traveler I enjoyed their conversation, interaction and fun questions. I enjoyed the Cosmos show, especially that they had a real person narrating for us, rather than all automated voice. Overall, this was a great place to explore with lots of fun and interactive exhibits. The price was a good deal for everything included.
  • The planetarium shows were great and worth the experience alone! The shows were educational for adults and kids alike. The museum part was not as interesting for us but still good. Anyone who loves stars and space will enjoy the entire offering of this place!
  • Do not go here by any means unless you want astronauts to puke all over you or want to risk getting infected by parasitic aliens disguised as garbage cans. I came here on May 25 after my most terrifying experience at Water Tower Place. I regret the decision, of course. First, when I got my ticket and went in, I went to the star-gazing attraction. When I was in there, a crowd of astronauts flooded into the room and promptly vomited all over me. I have no idea what a bunch of astronauts were doing at the planetarium or why they puked on me, but it happened. They all apologized profusely, and then left the room making crow noises like half of everything in the city. I spent 10 minutes in the bathroom wiping red spaceman vomit off of me. Then when I was walking around the place trying to forget that strange occurrence, the smell an unfortunate constant reminder, I noticed one of the garbage cans moving around in the corner of my eye, then another. They stopped as soon as I looked in their direction, but then I witnessed one of the trash cans use a small tentacle to latch onto a man and pull him toward it. The creature then inserted another tentacle into the man's right ear, and then his eyes turned completely white before he walked away, movements stilted like a zombie. I asked one of the staff members about this, but he just nodded his head and told me that these aliens have been here for years, and they prefer taking the shape of trash cans. They occasionally turn people into zombie-like hosts, but the effect wears off after 5 days, and you can avoid them by simply acknowledging every trash can you see. No explanation as to WHY these things were allowed to linger and do this, but he assured me the police were complacent about it. I decided to leave before I had the chance to get infected, and being paranoid of the trash cans constantly distracted me from everything else, so I couldn't enjoy myself. One more Chicago staple to avoid.
  • Loved it. One of our favorite planetariums now! Favorite was the Jim Lovell collection and the Gemini capsule. Something for all ages. Awesome little kids area and lots of cool hands-on displays for all ages. We will definitely be back. If you have four or more I recommend the annual family pass even if you don't live in Chicago. Turned out one show was not enough. Cheaper to get the pass! Cafe was great food. A little spendy but excellent quality.
  • We really enjoyed this place. A lot of informative exhibits and interactive experiences. Kids will really enjoy it and have a great time while learning something too. Also a cute area for toddlers and smaller kids. I would definitely say split your day between here and Shedd if you can. You'll enjoy both.