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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Type: Museums, Planetarium / Observatory, Science Museums

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Best Attractions & Activities, Museums: This eye-catching, twelve-sided building includes two sky theaters, one of which was the first planetarium in the western hemisphere. The theaters depict the night sky and allow visitors an up-close look at distant planets, moons and galaxies. The complex also features exhibition rooms, a cafe and a StarRider theater that offers amazing, interactive, virtual reality shows. In it, visitors use controls in their seats' armrests to participate in a 3-D simulation of space travel. On family-friendly Far Out Fridays, visitors get to see shows, sit in on lectures, view the night sky, play games and learn how to set up and use a telescope.

Family-Friendly Museums: This eye-catching, twelve-sided building along Chicago's lakefront - and part of the Museum Campus - includes rooms full of exhibits about the planets, moons, galaxies and the sun. But the museum's most popular features are its two sky theaters which show special space-related presentations. There is also a StarRider theater with amazing, interactive, virtual reality shows. In it, visitors use controls in their seats' armrests to participate in a 3-D simulation of space travel. On family-friendly Far Out Fridays, visitors can see shows, sit in on lectures, view the night sky, play games and learn how to set up and use a telescope.


Address

1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

Map / Directions
312-322-0300


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Expert Tips by Jamie Bartosch

Chicago Local Expert

Best Attractions & Activities, Family-Friendly Museums: "Fly your own spaceship."

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities, 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.

Expert Tips by Megy Karydes

Chicago Local Expert

Museums: "Fly your own spaceship."

Best for Museums 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.

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