Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Adler Planetarium in Chicago takes visitors on an impressive journey into the amazing world of galaxies. With its many attractions to try out, it is especially interesting for children.

The Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the oldest planetariums in the world. Located on an island directly on Lake Michigan, the so-called Museum Campus, the walk there is a highlight in itself. From there you have the best view of the impressive Chicago skyline. Anyone who has been to this island no longer needs to plan a harbour tour for perfect photos.


With the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium nearby, the Adler Planetarium is in good company with some of Chicago's top 10 attractions.

Tip: If you want to visit the Museum Campus and save money, you should not drive because of the high parking fees. Take the Chicago Subway to the Roosevelt/Wabash station, from where you can stroll along the beautiful Grant Park for about 10 minutes.

Welcome to the world of the stars

The planetarium takes visitors on a journey into the world of the stars and planets with countless exhibits, unique 3D films in a specially built theatre, very easy-to-understand explanations and extremely interesting simulations.

Gigantic images of starry skies scattered all over the earth and the treatises on so-called "light pollution" will make you think twice in the future about turning up electric lights and thus letting the stars fade.

Many stations to try out make the planetarium very attractive for children as well. For example, they can assemble their own telescope, measure the distance of stars with an ancient telescope, simulate a meteorite impact or steer an original probe over stony ground.

In addition to attractions such as the original Gemini capsule or a Mars robot that was once used, the museum also holds a world-famous collection of historical instruments.

Tip: As a Chicago City Pass holder, you not only save money, but also the queues, which can get quite long, especially at weekends and during school holidays!

Related links:

Official site of the Adler Planetarium provides information on opening hours, prices, shows, etc.
Link to the Chicago City Pass