The Adler Planetarium was built in 1930 by philanthropist Max Adler and is part of Chicago's Museum Campus. It was the first modern planetarium in the western hemisphere. Though it has since become a little dated, there is still a lot to see here.
The StarRider Theater takes visitors on a ride through our universe. The Atwood Sphere dates from 1913 and displays the night sky. Other exhibits explain the history of space travel and astronomy. There are hands-on opportunities for children. One highlight is the Gemini 12 spacecraft, located in the Shoot for the Moon display.
A visit can get pricey if you want to see all the theaters and exhibits. As with other science centers, planetariums, and museums of natural history, the Adler Planetarium is great for kids, but adults may get bored. There's a lot of interesting stuff here, but the bottom line is if you're only choosing one or two of the Museum Campus attractions, pick the Shedd Aquarium or the Field Museum.
Address: 1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Telephone: (312) 922 7827
Train: Roosevelt, Museum Campus/11th Street (Metra)
Hours: Open daily 10:00-16:00.
$8.00 Seniors (65+)
$6.00 Children (3-11)