Though it’s staffed by world-class researchers at the forefront of their field, the museum’s real draw will always be the virtual-reality trips through time and space in the Sky Theater, which features the "highest resolution and quality possible." Themes usually center around the known and unknown universe and how humans have engaged with it throughout history. The recently renovated "Mission Moon" exhibit allows visitors to see the Gemini 12 capsule and learn more about the early days of the space race.
|Venue name:||Adler Planetarium||Contact:|
1300 S Lake Shore Dr
|Opening hours:||Weekdays 9:30am–4pm, weekends 9:30am–4:30pm.Summer daily 9:30am–6pm.|
|Transport:||Bus: 12, 130, 146.|
|Price:||$12, seniors $10, kids ages 3–11 $8; discounts for Chicago residents $2–$3|
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If you're reading this, then you'll almost certainly never go to space. The Planetarium is your next best bet.
You can learn about the wonders of the cosmos in a super dark, super quiet room. With all of the light pollution in Chicago, it's easy to forget your place in the universe. A visit to the Adler Planetarium will remind you that you're an insignificant piece of stardust desperately trying to comprehend the world around you — a hopeless task that will leave you mouth-wracked and drunk on the steps of the cathedral.
The walk to the Adler Planetarium is a destination in itself. It's a great way to see the lakefront and take in amazing views of the Chicago skyline. Once you've arrived at the Adler Planetarium, check your reason with your coat and embark on a cosmic journey through space and time. Ultimately, you will leave this place feeling profoundly changed and with a deeper understanding of yourself and the universe. If not, you did it wrong.