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Adler Planetarium

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Address: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number:
+1 312-922-7827
09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Adler has a prime location on the lake, but keeps its eyes on the...

The Adler has a prime location on the lake, but keeps its eyes on the stars.

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Children should be 3+ for this Planetarium

Dear Reader, There are fun spaces for toddlers to play within at the Planetarium. That said, its easy for them to run away under some circumstances. I recommend that your... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Robert G
Chicago, Illinois
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Expected more out of this place. Could have done a live show of the current night sky!! Food court is too expansive for the value. Nine Planets was the best show they had - more adult oriented.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If I had to do over our trip, this is one thing I could skip. It was ok, but the exhibits weren't very engaging, Some of the interactive ones didn't work. As large as the building was, I expected more to see inside, and almost 1/2 of it was a play area for small children. The kids seemed to enjoy... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Such a good program, educational, entertaining, pleasant seating, great speakers, learned a lot, and the questions were all answered well. Good for all ages.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not often we travel to Chicago but this time we wanted to do something different and went to the planetarium. We attended three shows. I was somewhat disappointed because the first show (Welcome to the universe) seemed to be for young teens, I slept through the second (The solar system) and the third (Planet Nine) was way over my head,... More 

1 Thank Rafael R
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interactive & explorative. Very teenage & kid friendly. Found the explanations to be overly simplified. Big charts with colors & sound effects which makes for great family fun. Loved the dome theater screen & quality of the movies.

2 Thank Erika R
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dear Reader, There are fun spaces for toddlers to play within at the Planetarium. That said, its easy for them to run away under some circumstances. I recommend that your toddlers be at least 3 years old before taking them to this fantastic attraction. There are some neat exhibits for people that are interested in outer space. This museum is... More 

2 Thank Robert G
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After hitting all the other museums over the last few weeks, I was very please this place was not packed. Overall, I enjoyed it but I found it fairly small. There was plenty to keep us entertained for awhile, but there wasn't a lot there other than a playground and a "creative lab" to really draw ones attention (especially the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Visited with 3 grandchildren, aged 5, 7 and 9. While fairly interesting for adults, we found that the Kids loved it. Expensive, not so great lunch in cafeteria.

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South Lyon, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The Adler Planetarium is a great museum and planetarium. They have a lot of exhibits and many things to keep a kids attention. We brought two elementary school aged children with us and they were amazed by the exhibits and the planetarium. The Planetarium has multiple shows per day which were very interesting and educational. I highly recommend getting the... More 

1 Thank Brian C
Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We went on a free day (for Illinois residents) so that did help with the costs. There is street parking but it fills up quick. The lot nearest to the Planetarium was charging $19. My kids enjoyed at Apollo mission area and the Family Exploration section (that was probably my favorite too but it was very hot in this area).... More 

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