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Adler Planetarium, Chicago

3.5
#2 of 6 in Childrens Museums in Chicago
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. Use our Chicago online road trip planner to arrange your visit to Adler Planetarium and other attractions in Chicago.
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  • The few exhibits we did get to see were great. We had a voucher from expidea which the cashier wasn't what to do with !! We had 2 shows included in our voucher the shows were great but we were disappo...  more »
  • My family took a mini-vacation to the City of Chicago. Adler Planetarium was on the top of our list of places to visit. We purchased the All Access Pass which allowed us to attend two shows of our cho...  more »
  • the Planetarium show panders to kids... hard... too... hard. not that I have anything against programming structured for young minds. that's fine. it's when it's obviously pandering that I have a prob...  more »
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  • Great experience visiting the planetarium! You even get to touch a moon rock! There are exhibits that cost an addition from your entrance ticket but are well worth the price if you are interested in astronomy. Check out their website for current exhibits, events, and schedules before planning your visit. Tip: Wear comfortable shoes. There's a restaurant with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan that's worth eating at for the experience. If you plan to see a solar eclipse in the near future, buy your eclipse glasses DIRECTLY from the planetarium, available at the gift shop. You risk buying fakes online as many people did with the solar eclipse last year.
  • The one star is for the show which was well done by the narrator and informative. Other than that there is nothing to see here really as an adult. Good play spot for kids, but a park would be cheaper. Waste of money for an adult..if you bought CityPass you probably want to do the art museum option instead as i walked by there and the gardens alone outside look pretty impressive.
  • A planetarium which hosts a series of shows on solar system, universe etc. which are extremely inspirational and attractive to watch and to know about astronomy. The planetarium beautifully captures the whole Apollo journey series , ancient astronomical gadgets, life of astronomers in space. There is a nice collection of ancient telescopes that depict the evolution of telescopes with time.
  • It was a fun experience. The exhibits were informative. They had stuff for kids too. The staff was kind and helpful. It is a like standard planetarium except a good sky show called the ninth planet. There should guides for adults in each section. The fees that is shown online is more than what you pay at actual counter( for all day all access pass). Overall I thought they could either add more sections and more guides.
  • For $12 it’s a pretty cool experience and great place to take kids or anyone else interested in space. They have quite a few interactive activities, helpful staff, and stunning views of the skyline! There were various exhibits on the planets, the moon landing, the creation of the universe, etc. However, many of the shows and additional activities do require the purchase of separate tickets once inside the planetarium.
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