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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Adler After Dark: Family Edition
The Adler Planetarium is hosting its first Adler After Dark for families. Besides full access to the museum, the whole family can take a look at the sky using telescopes, and the kids will love building little robots, making their own comets, having their...Quirky events Friday August 5 2016Read more
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Adler After Dark
The Adler Planetarium's monthly 21 and up night time event invites adults to explore the Museum Campus attraction while enjoying drinks and entertainment. This month, guests dress up in prom couture for an unforgettable night of dancing…without the awkward...Thursday August 18 2016 - Thursday December 15 2016Read more
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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.