Get us in your inbox


Adler Planetarium | Chicago, IL

  • Museums
  • Museum Campus
  • price 1 of 4

Time Out says

Everything you need to know about visiting the Adler Planetarium (1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605).

You’ll have to travel to the outermost tip of Museum Campus to visit the Adler Planetarium, but the journey seems appropriate considering this institution’s focus on out of this world experiences. Astronomy and astrophysics take the spotlight at the Adler, which features permanent exhibitions like “Mission Moon,” which documents the history of U.S. space exploration, and “The Universe: A Walk Through Time,” which posits theories on how the galaxy was started. Visitors can also look through the telescope in the Doane Observatory or take in Chicago skyline views outside of the museum on Northerly Island.

Go under the dome

No trip to the Adler is complete without taking in a show in the museum’s Grainger Sky Theater. Instead of simply projecting movies on a screen, this theater utilizes multiple projectors to cover the surface of a 70-foot-diameter dome, filling your field of vision and taking your on immersive journeys to other planets, stars and solar systems. Even though it’s not 3D, it’s vivid enough to make you feel as if you’re traveling through the stars.

Show up after-hours

Each month, the Adler welcomes adults (21+ only) into the museum after the doors close to the public for its monthly Adler After Dark party. Each evening boasts a different theme, from a celebration of Star Wars films to a planetary prom. Visitors can explore the exhibits, see unlimited shows in the museum’s theaters, take in special programming and drink cocktails in the lobby.

Our Chicago editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of Chicago at your fingertips. The Adler Planetarium was most recently updated with new tips on July 2, 2017.


1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Bus: 12, 130, 146.
$12, seniors $10, kids ages 3–11 $8; discounts for Chicago residents $2–$3
Opening hours:
Weekdays 9:30am–4pm, weekends 9:30am–4:30pm. Summer daily 9:30am–6pm.
Do you own this business?
Sign in & claim business

What’s on

Adler at Night

Escape the planet with exhibits about the first lunar missions, the solar system and more, plus immersive shows in the dome theater. The Doane Observatory is also home to the largest public telescope in the area, and gathers 7,000 times more light than the human eye. Every Wednesday, the Adler stays open late from 4pm-10pm so that folks can visit after work or school. And best of all, admission is free on those nights for Illinois residents.

You may also like
You may also like