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Adler Planetarium, The

1300 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Phone: 312-322-0300 -- 312.922.STAR.
TTY: 312 322 0995

Statement of Purpose:

Ever wondered what it's like on other planets? What the stars are made of? Or whether we're alone in the Universe?

At the Adler Planetarium you can explore the answers to all of these giant size questions in our exhibits, shows, and special events.

Come let us be your personal tour guide to the Universe.

We’ve been to the Moon.  We’re going back. 

What part will you play in our next space adventure?

Shoot for the Moon at the Adler Planetarium!  Opening Saturday, November 11, this new permanent exhibition highlights the exciting stories of space exploration and America’s bold plans to return to the Moon. The exhibition begins with A Journey with Jim Lovell, featuring the fully-restored Gemini 12 spacecraft and the Lovell Collection of personal space artifacts. In Mission: Moon, young visitors discover the thrills and dangers of being an explorer and imagine their own futures in space.

A Journey with Jim Lovell — the first gallery of the Shoot for the Moon exhibition — tells the story of Astronaut Jim Lovell’s life and career using artifacts from his personal collection.  Learn about his initial setbacks and ultimate triumphs as one of America’s space pioneers. The fully-restored Gemini 12 spacecraft, flown by Captain Lovell and Buzz Aldrin in 1966ß, is the centerpiece of a dynamic presentation celebrating the Gemini 12 mission and America’s race to the Moon.

The second gallery — Mission: Moon  continues the story from the Gemini program to focus on the historic accomplishments of the hugely successful Apollo missions, which saw America reach its goal of landing a man on the Moon. Serve as a member of an exploration team going back to the Moon in the 21st century in the exciting Lunar Dangers Training Lab. The Lunar Leap and Touch Down interactives — and other state-of-the-art exhibit elements — allow you to discover the thrills and challenges of lunar exploration and imagine your own future in space.

Shoot for the Moon is powered by ComEd, an Exelon Company, and sponsored by NBC 5 Chicago.


Black Holes:  The Other Side of Infinity

There’s a place from which nothing escapes, not even light, where time and space literally come to an end.  Black holes exert their force on our imaginations in this visually stunning show, which allows us to fly through wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way galaxy, and witness the death of a star.  Black Holes is a unique blend of cutting edge science and visualization that puts visitors in the middle of the action.  Cross the cosmic threshold to experience the irresistible pull of Black Holes!
Shown in the Adler’s StarRider Theater.

Museum Hours:

Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Jan 3 - May 28 and Sept 5 - Dec 24
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Dec 26 - Dec 31

9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Far Out Friday (First Friday of each month)
9:30 am - 10:00 pm

Discount Days:

Mondays and Tuesdays:

Jan 9 - Feb 28 and 

Sept  11 - Dec 19
Museum Campus Discount Week:
Jun 4 - Jun 9
Extended Hours and Closures:


New Year's Day          Jan 1 & 2
9:30 am - 6 pm
Martin Luther King Day          Jan 15
9:30 am - 5 pm
Presidents Day          Feb 21
9:30 am - 5 pm
Spring Break
         Apr 10 - Apr 23 9:30 am - 5 pm
Columbus Day          Oct 10
9:30 am - 5 pm
Celestial Ball
         Oct 14
Early close TBA
Thanksgiving Day          Nov 23

Thanksgiving Weekend          Nov 24, 25, 26 9:30 am - 5 pm
(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Christmas Day          Dec 25

Admission Prices:

General Admission

General Adults $7, Seniors $6, General Children/Adult Residents $5, Resident Children $4

                         Galaxy Package 
Egyptian Universe Package

       (General Admission, 1 show, and audio tour)
      (General Admission, 2 shows, and audio tour)

General Public $16.00

Chicago Residents $14.00

Kids (Ages 4-17)

General Public $14.00

Chicago Residents $13.00

Seniors (65 & Over)

General Public $15.00

Chicago Residents $13.00

Far Out Fridays



Children Ages 4-17 / Senior Citizens Ages 65 & over $17.00

University Students & Teachers with a valid ID $10.00

Adler Members


Family Star Pack (2 Adults/2 Children or 1 Adult/3 Children) $60.00


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