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Adler Planetarium Chicago How Many Stars Can You Count?

The Adler Planetarium Chicago was the first Planetarium in the U.S.

It was founded in 1930 by Max Adler who had a passion for science.

It has always been a leading place for world class museums. We have plenty of them here! Some people like them all, some have their favorites.

I’ve made my rounds to these museums as a yearly thing, and since my children love the planets and outer space the Planetarium has been one of their favorite places to go.

They love looking into the telescopes especially on a clear night. Viewing the galaxy, planets and stars is a rather surreal experience.

This museum has plenty of interesting information such as space science exhibitions, and three full-size theaters. It’s very kid friendly here and keeps your interest.

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There are antique and well as full technology astronomy instruments on display. You’ll find plenty of books, and scientific papers here.

Their scientific telescopes are an awesome sight as you see them peering into the air. Science and the planets definitely penetrates this place.

This place stresses the importance of learning science.

Not only is it intriguing but The Adler Planetarium also supports science education and science careers by encouraging kids to get into the science field.

If you are interested in viewing the stars, planets and other space discoveries then the Planetarium is the place for you.

Earth, Moon and Sun (© a-kuk).

There are a variety of things for you and the entire family to do.

You and your kids will enjoy three theaters and plenty of educational exhibitions to take you on a journey through space.

    • The Definiti Space Theater has different shows for children and grown ups which teaches them about Science and our solar system.

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    • The Doane Observatory is open forAdler After Dark.
    • This is a unique program where you can stay at the Planetarium overnight to view the planets and stars in space, along with other things that the galaxy has to offer.
  • On this special stay you can look through the Doane Observatory telescope, which is the largest telescope in the Midwest that the public can use.

So it’s definitely worth a visit to take the opportunity to look through this.

If you can’t stay overnight the Planetarium has an evening only option that last from 6 pm-10 pm.

There are so many exhibits. Some let you interact as if you were in space or preparing to go to space such as Planet Explorers.

Orion's nebula (© really enjoy all the interactive as they pretend that they are really floating in outer space.

Not only are the activities fun but they allow a fun opportunity for everyone to learn and have a good time at the same time.

If you have never been to a planetarium it’s definitely worth a trip to enlighten you about the knowledge of outer space and to broaden your horizon. Hours of Operation:

Summer Hours June 6 – September 5

Everyday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Adler Planetarium Chicago Regular Schedule Hours Weekdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Weekends 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Third Thursdays (21+ Adler After Dark)* 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.


1300 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605 (312)922-7827