Adler Planetarium: The First Planetarium in the Western Hemisphere

Adler Planetarium, located in downtown Chicago

Do you want to spend an exciting day learning about the night sky? Then head over to the Adler Planetarium which dates back to 1930.

It was the first planetarium to open in the western hemisphere, and the staff strives to offer an engaging, user-friendly museum experience that serves diverse audiences of all ages.

There is much to see and do including:

Skywatch Live

Skywatch Live is a fascinating show where the presenter turns off the lights and cranks up the stars. Audiences witness Chicago’s night sky like never before while at the same time learning how to navigate by starlight and getting to know the stars behind their favorite constellations.

Doane Observatory 

Step into the Doane Observatory to see the largest aperture telescope on view in Chicagoland. The telescope gathers more than five thousand times more light than the unaided human eye. This allows visitors to discover celestial objects that are trillions of miles from Earth.

Atwood Sphere

The unique Atwood Sphere is seventeen inches wide and comes complete with one hundred holes drilled through its metal surface. The holes allow light to enter so everyone can experience how the night sky looked over Chicago in the early 1900s. Guided tours are also available to enhance this exciting learning experience.

Adler After Dark

Exclusively for those 21 and over, Adler After Dark features unlimited shows and lively entertainment on the third Thursday of every month. The fun takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and it’s never the same event twice as the theme changes monthly.

The Adler Planetarium is just one of the many attractions near Oak Park Place. If you are searching for a place to call home, please contact us to arrange a tour. We’re so excited to show you everything we have to offer!

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