The universe is one of the most fascinating topics in this world and sometimes when you are away on holiday you want to visit a place that is dedicated to such a huge and interesting topic.

In the centre of Chicago and part of the Museum Campus in Lake Shore Drive is the Adler Planetarium. The Planetarium has been opened since the 1930s and since then its mission has been to inspire exploration and understanding of the universe. The Planetarium can get up to 600,000 visitors a year.


The Planetarium is home to many exhibits and throughout the year can also have featured events that are there for a limited amount of time. Some of the exhibits include What Is A Planet? Mission Moon, The Universe and Astronomy in Culture.

As well as being a museum, it is also home to the Doane Observatory, which is home to the largest aperture telescope in Chicago. There are many opportunities for you to visit this but it may need a booking. The Planetarium is also home to having a number of different shows throughout the year as well – most of them are all themed and related to the Universe. A lot of these are aimed at adults however at times they have events especially for children such as One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.

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There are many different types of tickets that you can buy to access the Planetarium – you can get an all access pass, basic, general admission, membership or even special offers.