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Adler Planetarium Admission

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Explore the outer reaches of the universe with this admission ticket to Chicago's Adler Planetarium, the first planetarium in the United States. Learn about space at the most advanced and oldest planetarium in existence today, with a plethora of shows and exhibits to delight visitors of all ages. Discover must-see shows and enjoy a tour of the historic Atwood Sphere. Admission includes choice of two Sky Shows.
  • Admission to Adler Planetarium, two Sky Shows and Historic Atwood Sphere Experience
  • Explore and learn about space at the United States’ first planetarium
  • Visit a variety of exhibits and choose two planetarium shows
  • Explore the planetarium at your own pace on a self-guided tour
Choice of 2 shows
Atwood Sphere Experience
Adler After Dark

Departure Point

Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605-2489

Departure Time

5/1/2019 - 10/6/2021
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Chicago's Adler Planetarium is America's first planetarium and a premiere resource for inspiring the next generation of space explorers with its many must-see live shows, exhibits, and events.

With this full-day admission ticket, enjoy the benefits a Museum Entry+2 ticket provides at the world’s most advanced planetarium. Discover all the live shows to learn about space exploration and what we know about our solar system and beyond.

Also, see all the exhibitions. At Mission Moon, find out how the United States became the first nation to put a man on the Moon, what it’s really like to be an astronaut and why it takes an entire team to explore uncharted worlds. In Our Solar System, touch a piece of the Moon, the planet Mars or a distant asteroid. And at the Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, travel to the distant corners of the cosmos and witness how the universe evolved more than 13.7 billion years ago, from the Big Bang to this morning’s sunrise.

Additionally, enjoy access to the historic Atwood Sphere—to experience the night sky over Chicago as it appeared in 1913—and select two Sky Shows upon arrival.

Hungry? Visit Café Galileo's by Food For Thought for a relaxing lunch of soups, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, beverages and desserts — and the best view of the beautiful Chicago skyline. On the way out, stop by the Adler Store for educational toys and games, space books and videos, official Adler gear and much more.
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Exhibitions and Experiences: Experience 60,000 square feet of exhibitions featuring historic collection items about space exploration, science, and technology. Adler staff members are always nearby to answer questions, facilitate hands-on, minds-on activities, and enhance your visit! MISSION MOON Experience America’s first steps into space and the story of Captain James A Lovell, Jr. OUR SOLAR SYSTEM Explore the many worlds—planets, moons, dwarf planets, comets, and asteroids—that orbit the Sun. PLANET EXPLORERS An out-of-this-world playground for the Adler’s littlest explorers (ages 2-8). Climb, crawl, and hunt for objects on the surface of the mysterious Planet X! TELESCOPES Uncover the extraordinary beauty and technology of some of the world’s most important telescopes. THE UNIVERSE Visit distant corners of the cosmos and witness how the Universe has evolved. WHAT IS A PLANET? How do you define a planet? Discover how new approaches and perspectives in science can change how we define worlds near and far. *Temporary exhibition open through Sunday, August 18, 2019. COMMUNITY DESIGN LAB A place to design, build, test, and explore! Think (and act) like a scientist as you tackle one of our design challenges. HISTORIC ATWOOD SPHERE Experience the night sky as it appeared in 1913 in Chicago’s oldest planetarium. SPACE VISUALIZATION LAB The SVL is a working laboratory in the museum’s exhibition space where scientists, technicians, artists, and educators come together to create intuitive ways for visitors to interact with scientific data. DOANE OBSERVATORY The Doane Observatory houses the largest publicly accessible telescope in the Chicago area. Use it to take a closer look at the planets you know or spot a galaxy trillions of miles away. Now Playing Search for a new ninth planet, take a fast-paced tour of the Solar System, find out how we discovered the incomprehensible vastness of the Universe, get to know the sky above Chicago, and so much more in our immersive sky shows now playing in our state-of-the-art theaters. PLANET NINE AGES 9 & UP Follow “Pluto-Killer” Mike Brown and his team of scientists at CalTech as they hunt for a planet that may be hiding in plain sight. DESTINATION SOLAR SYSTEM AGES 6 & UP Join rookie Space Express tour guide, Jesse, on an unforgettable trip around your cosmic backyard. ONE WORLD, ONE SKY: BIG BIRD’S ADVENTURE AGES 2–5 Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from Sesame Street! SKYWATCH LIVE! AGES 12 & UP Explore the spectacular sights of tonight’s sky in this live show.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • The Adler provides assisted listening devices free of charge for guests that may need support hearing shows and presentations in all three theaters on a first-come, first-served basis with photo identification. Guests can learn more and check out the system at either box office.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Closed captioning of narration at Adler sky shows (except for Skywatch Live!) is available for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing via their personal mobile devices. To access captioning, visit Assistance with this service is available at the box offices or in the theaters.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Adler Planetarium Admission?
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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Been a long time since I was here
, Jul 2019
Great place, love the new additions, the new exhibits. If you haven't been to the adler Planetarium, your missing a great time. I really love the seating in the glass roofed cafe.
It's interesting. Some areas are too...
Alex S
, Mar 2017
It's interesting. Some areas are too dark and I feel like needs more light. Incredible star show! Highly recommended to see
Could not have been easier! No...
Carol K
, Nov 2016
Could not have been easier! No standing in line, just present your voucher and you are in!! We had a delightful day!
The Adler Planetarium is a wonderful...
Margaret M
, Sep 2016
The Adler Planetarium is a wonderful place to go to learn about our planet and the solar system. The theater experiences are excellent. The view from Galileo's Cafe is fantastic in that you look out at the Chicago skyline. Took some family there to visit and it was a wonderful time.
The Universe just amazes me with how...
Connie E
, Sep 2016
The Universe just amazes me with how vast it is. We enjoyed the history and where technology has taken us today.
Well presented. More suited to family...
John C
, Jul 2016
Well presented. More suited to family and children.
I still had to go to the ticket...
Barbara F
, Sep 2015
I still had to go to the ticket booth, then the attendant seemed like she had never seen someone buy tickets like I did on line. She still had to give me tickets and a sticker before I could actually go in. Fortunately, we arrived at a time when the ticket booth was not to busy. We completely enjoyed the day in the Planetarium and the show we attended....The planetarium is one of my favorite places for its beautiful location and the awe exhibits and shows it has.
I already responded to you, however...
Mary Louise H
, Aug 2015
I already responded to you, however I'll do it again. The trip was fine,BUT I will never get tickets ahead of time from you again because it costs more and gives a person no advantage-still wait in line with everyone else.
Great tour of Adler with all shows...
Ray S
, Aug 2015
Great tour of Adler with all shows included. Highly recommend this to visitors and residents of Chicago area.
Planetarium is awesome, recommend it...
Teresa M
, Aug 2015
Planetarium is awesome, recommend it for all, have GREAT areas for kids to interact also, great shows

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