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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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  • A planetarium should be magical place...this is not how the Adler felt to three adults. It has not kept up with technology. We bought tickets on-line for the Cosmic Wonder show and were so disappointe...  more »
  • The best deal ever on groupon!!!! City pass lets you pick thing you want for 1 low price. We literally stayed all day to watch all the shows. They were interesting and fun. Only issue is that it was c...  more »
  • My advice to someone wanting to visit the planetarium is to not just get your tickets early, but get the tickets to the shows you want to watch early. I was very disappointed by their organization. We...  more »
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  • I have a membership here. I am on the fence as to whether or not I am going to renew. I haven't been able to attend as many member events as I would like. Planetariums in general are some of my favorite places to visit. Adler is very well maintained and have great exhibits. I hope they will have more exhibits in the future where they work with private space companies. I would love to see a new Mars exhibit feature some of the ideas from SpaceX, Mars One and NASA. I would also love more adult only events.
  • i just saw planet 9 and was sorely disappointed. the visuals were sub par at best. the show was very dark, blurry, and the colors were so faded the whole show was basically black and white. the content was cool, but they really missed out on opportunities to zip over the objects covered and give an artistic rendition of kuiper belt objects to really engage the audience. so much potential, but it fell very flat.
  • I had a great time!! Very cool and lots to check out! Everyone working there is so nice and watching to make sure you if you have questions about anything that they are there to help. Ciarra was the girl who sold my boyfriend and I our tickets at the front desk and couldn't of been any more helpful and friendly. Very impressed with the customer service and Ciarra needs a raise!! The staff made our time there that much better!!! 👍👍
  • There is so much to see you just about cannot see it all in one day. This is absolutely a 5 star place to visit, however, some of the shows are a little campy and because of that I have to give it 4 stars. If you take kids they will like the presentation. The artifacts are incredible, if you love science, space and history you'll love this place.
  • Took a Saturday afternoon trip with two adults. We did basic passes to see the exhibits and one show. I didn't enjoy the layout of the exhibits; we found it difficult to make sure we hadn't missed anything and we actually wandered into the wrong space (a theatre line) immediately after purchasing tickets. Even after spending two hours there, I didn't feel like I had a handle on the layout. This was our first time visiting a planetarium and we were pretty underwhelmed.