One of the golden places in Chicago is the Adler Planetarium! Located on a peninsula in Lake Michigan on the Museum Campus, it is actually America’s first Planetarium. It appears to be a small building, but it has a lot to offer.
Those of us who went to school in Chicago as children remember visiting the Sky Show under the dome in the planetarium. You would sit in seats that reclined to about 45 degrees and watch as the universe came alive on the domed sky above. The booming voice of the narrator would tell you about the universe and all it had to offer. That is my memory of the Adler Planetarium, but there is much more now.
Obviously we’ve learned a lot about space and the universe and the displays are every changing. The planetarium has three full-sized theaters in which they tell you about new discoveries, existing knowledge and technology. There are exhibits and lectures that take place throughout the day and when you get hungry, there is a cafeteria. Best of all, in the warmer weather you can go out on the patio where Adler Planetarium employees wait to show you different things in the sky through their incredible telescopes. It makes for a great day.
Adler Planetarium Free Days 2014: Illinois residents can get complimentary general admission to the Adler Planetarium on various days of the year. Discount days listed so far are:
September 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
You will be required to show a valid ID with an Illinois address to get entrance for free. There is the possibility of additional dates, so be sure to check back as this list will be updated throughout the year.
If you’d like to visit the Adler Planetarium along with other Chicago museums, consider using a Go Card to get a discount on all of them! Interested in more free activities that you can do around Chicago? Read about those here.