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Hours:
Summer Hours: 9:30am-6pm daily, Regular Schedule: Mon.-Fri. 10am- 4pm, Sat.-Sun. 10am-4:30pm

When to Go:
Summer

Age Restriction:
Adler After Dark is restricted to 21 +

Nearest Transit:
Roosevelt Metra Station

Adler Planetarium

Quick Facts

  • The Adler Planetarium Chicago offers educational fun for the entire family.
  • The Chicago Planetarium is the only museum with two full size planetarium theaters.
  • The Planetarium in Chicago provides patrons with an after dark option for 21 and up only with special musical guests and drinks.

Address:
1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
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Location:
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Fun Factor:
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Tour Review : Adler Planetarium


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.65
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
3

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

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The tour was:

Adler Planetarium Chicago - Cool to See Once, Probably Not Again

The Adler Planetarium was cool to see once, but I don’t know that I would necessarily go back ever. Chicago has some excellent museums but out of all of them, this is probably my least favorite. So if you get a City Pass, which is one of the reasons I popped in here, I recommend making this your last priority of things on it to see.

With that said, it’s not all that bad, I just feel like it’s more geared towards children. If you’re with your kids, then it’s the perfect afternoon activity. There’s great things for kids under about 10 to play with, but for an adult, I just felt like didn’t feel like I was really learning that much. There weren’t very many exhibits that were interesting in my opinion. The telescope and gravity exhibits were interesting, but otherwise I felt like everything else was geared more towards kids.

On the positive side, there’s an incredible view of the Chicago skyline from the planetarium. It sits right on the water at the end of Museum Campus, and the building is absolutely beautiful from the outside.

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Summary

Features: The Adler Planetarium Chicago is located on Lake Shore Drive at Chiago's Museum Campus. Opened in 1930 as the first planetarium in the western hemisphere, the Adler fuels the imagination of its visitor will all new exhibits, state-of-the-art computer technology and the world's first StarRider Theater, while showcasing a renonwed collection of historical astronomy artifacts.

The Adler is home to more than 35,000 square feet of exhibits. From scale models of the Solar System, to ancient astronomical instruments, to interactive adventures, Adler's exhibit galleries provides a passageway for you to explore the universe. The Adler's historical collections of astronomical instruments and rare books are among the finest in the world.

The Adler Planetarium Chicago is the only museum in the world with two full-size planetarium theaters. Since 1930, the wonder of the stars has been visible in the historic Sky Theater. Powered by brand new Digistar 3TM simulator technology, the StarRider Theater is a completely digital, virtual outer space environment. The famous Zeiss Planetarium projector is capable of accurately reproducing the movement of every aspect of the night sky.  


Why We Go: Enjoy a day amongst the stars at the Adler Planetarium Chicago. This family friendly museum  offers educational entertainment for all visitors old and young alike.

  • Family Friendly: The Adler Planetarium Chicago offers a fun and educational experience for the whole family.
  • Close to Public Transit: Leave the car at home when heading to the Chicago Adler Planetarium and take the Metra to the Roosevelt Station.
  • Renowned Collection of Artifacts: The Chicago Planetarium is home to one of the greatest astronomical artifact collections.

Inside Knowledge: The Planetarium in Chicago offers mini science exploration activities that are quick 10 minute lessons. Learn  some interesting astronomical facts at these small activity carts.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Take the Bus/Train: Leave the car at home for this museum trip. The Chicago Planetarium is located within close proximity to public transit.
  • Do Meet an Adler Astronomer: Weekday afternoons from 2pm-3pm and weekends from 1pm-3pm, the Chicago Adler Planetarium hosts astronomy conversations where you can learn about current projects from Adler astronomers and scientists.
  • Don't Miss the Doane Observatory: When weather permits, the Doane is open at the Chicago Planetarium for observing with its 20-inch diameter telescope.
  • Don't Miss Museum Special Events: The Adler Planetarium Chicago offers a summer camp for kids from mid June to August as well as a 21 and up event called Adler After Dark.
  • Do try a package deal with the Chicago Go Card, like the pass to the city package. 


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Tour Review : Adler Planetarium


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.65
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
3

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Adler Planetarium Chicago - Cool to See Once, Probably Not Again

The Adler Planetarium was cool to see once, but I don’t know that I would necessarily go back ever. Chicago has some excellent museums but out of all of them, this is probably my least favorite. So if you get a City Pass, which is one of the reasons I popped in here, I recommend making this your last priority of things on it to see.

With that said, it’s not all that bad, I just feel like it’s more geared towards children. If you’re with your kids, then it’s the perfect afternoon activity. There’s great things for kids under about 10 to play with, but for an adult, I just felt like didn’t feel like I was really learning that much. There weren’t very many exhibits that were interesting in my opinion. The telescope and gravity exhibits were interesting, but otherwise I felt like everything else was geared more towards kids.

On the positive side, there’s an incredible view of the Chicago skyline from the planetarium. It sits right on the water at the end of Museum Campus, and the building is absolutely beautiful from the outside.