Adler Planetarium

Planetarium, Science Museum
1300 S Lake Shore Dr (at Solidarity Dr)
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827
9:30am - 4:00pm
9:30am - 4:00pm
9:30am - 4:00pm
9:30am - 4:00pm
9:30am - 4:00pm
9:30am - 4:30pm
9:30am - 4:30pm


  • This Planetarium was founded in 1930 by Max Adler, who was so impressed by a European machine replicating the night sky that he decided to build one.
  • Adler is the lead Education and Public Outreach institution for the NASA IBEX mission which launched in 2008. The satellite is about the size of a bus tire and maps the entire heliosphere boundary.
  • Enjoy the scenic sights & a dash of stimulating discourse at this months edition of Adler After Dark. Scenesters & cultural aficionados alike will be in attendance, mingling & flirting.
  • Watch the show.
  • Best view of Chicago Skyline is from the front steps of the Planetarium. Bring your camera!
  • Along with being the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere, it is the oldest in existence today. This is also the best place to view Chicago's Skyline without setting foot on a boat.
  • On the side of the planetarium is the best view of the Chicago skyline that there is. It's absolutely beautiful for photos at sunset, and a good spot for a picnic.
  • Free WiFi! Network name = ADLER, no password
  • Have a rich uncle donate a lot of money so hopefully you can get free admission.
  • Dont miss the skyline view from Caf Galileos at the Planetarium, the oldest planetarium in the western hemisphere, before or after a splendid skyshow. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Don't miss the great views of the downtown skyline just outside by the sundial.
  • Every 3rd Thurs. of the month, Adler Planetarium opens up its doors for Chicagoans to mingle & peruse exhibits with cocktails & appetizers in hand. This week, DJ D-Rek spins everything music.
  • The road leading up to the planetarium has an excellent view of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan; it is excellent for family pictures and very well-lit during the day. Perfect weather in the summer!
  • Swing by the Space Visualization Lab to hear about Citizen Science projects at the Adler. Every Sunday between 2:00 - 3:00.
  • Always take the outer ring seats. Your neck will thank you
  • theres no better place to look at the stars in all of chicago
  • Taking place the 3rd Thurs of every month, Adler After Dark is always a solid bet for grabbing a few post-work drinks & mingling with a crowd of fetching ladies.
  • Best view of the Chicago skyline, bar none.
  • Best view of rising planets & Sunsets when the Moor rises awesome
  • Don't miss "Astronomy & Culture," an exhibit dedicated solely to the history of astronomy throughout the world.

Nearby places

1200 S Lake Shore Dr (at Solidarity Dr)
1400 S Lake Shore Dr (at McFetridge Dr)
1300 S Lake Shore Dr (at Adler Planetarium)