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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum Photo courtesy of Flickr/Adler Planetarium
  • 1300 S Lake Shore Dr

    Chicago, IL 60605

  • Phone: 312-322-0300


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Choosing among the Museum Campus attractions can be daunting. However, the incredibly vivid exhibits at Adler Planetarium hold even the shortest attention span. Three digitally advanced theaters take you into our chartered universe. One theater features StarRider, an interactive virtual reality that gives visitors the control over a 3-D simulation of space travel. Adler's President suggests it's basically like flying your own spaceship.

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Emma Watters

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"Don't miss the chance to use Adler's telescope: Adler After Dark for 21 and over and Astro Overnights for the youngins."


Best for Attractions near McCormick Place Convention Center Because: Adler After Day is a 21+ event that occurs every third Thursday of the month. Tickets include admission, sky shows and cash bar until 9:30pm.

Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: On family-friendly Far Out Fridays, visitors get to see shows, view the night sky and learn how to set up and use a telescope.