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Adler Planetarium, Chicago

Categories: Observatories, Specialty Museums, Museums
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3.4/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web
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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  • The Adler holds a premium location with an excellent view of the city. The facility itself is old. The exhibits are interesting and educational but geared for kids. The theater presentations are of go...  read more »
  • This historic building is very beautiful, located on a small peninsula that juts out into the lake. There are fantastic lake and Chicago skyline views from the grounds. Exhibits were quite varied and ...  read more »
  • Lots of interactive areas and exhibits. Very well laid out and presented well. The show we attended was a little cheesy but the effects and visuals were very impressive. Also worth noting that just ou...  read more »
  • Went to the Jumpin' Jupiter Adler After Dark event and was disappointed. This was my first time visiting during an Adler After Dark event, so I was very excited to see what all the fuss was about. Turns out, people just use these events as an excuse to dress up and drink. There were more people by the bar than by the actual exhibits. It was very clear who was at the event with an actual interest in the topics being discussed, and who was there just to be seen. It was very crowded and there weren't many [interesting] activities taking place. I did, however, really enjoy the presentations in the auditoriums. Viewing those is definitely the best way to get your money's worth at one of these late night, age restricted, events. The planetarium itself is wonderful; it is well kept, and the people presenting are extremely knowledgeable of their topics.
  • Good place to visit in Chicago. Great show, lots of astronomic exhibitions. Kid's playroom. Nice gift shop with big selection. Although stuff at gift shop wasn't very friendly. Also, do not buy photo from photo booth! $6 and terrible quality. You can choose background (stars, astronaut's helmets etc) which are good quality. But the photo itself... You can see pixels on faces. And that contrast between perfectly looking background and blurry faces is awful.
  • They should rename this place "Space Park for Kids". From the little "interactive" exhibits to the cheesy teen acting during the shows, this place is solely geared towards 10 year olds. Need to be more clear about this in their advertising. Service was bad. My mom had a Groupon to see two shows. The guy signed us up for the same show at 2 different times. Why would we see the same thing twice?! Then it was a pain to get it fixed. Overall, hopefully the service issue was an isolated incident, but I prefer more clear advertising that this is really for children and even then, they should have more items that interest adults.
  • It was not worth the 75 dollars I spent to get it here. Maybe it would be worth the money if you have a todler but if your looking for some real interesting, engaging entertainment, this isn't the place. I highly recommend the Shed Aquarium if your looking for a better way to spend your money and afternoon.
  • Small, with many knick nacks from the history of astronomy. The statutes of copernicus and galileo on the road and the view of the lake from the back of the building are worth the trek.
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