With all the recent news about Elon Musk in SpaceX and going back to the moon and Mars and Beyond it might surprise you to know that the Western hemisphere’s first and oldest planetarium is located right here in downtown Chicago. The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to the inspiration and expiration and an understanding of our universe as a first-rate research and Science Education facility located in the heart of Chicago.
First opened in 1930 the Adler was the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere to be open for public use. Since its Inception, hundreds of millions of people have visited the Adler to both be Marvel by and learn about our surrounding universe. In 1977 the Doane Observatory which contains Chicago’s first high-powered public telescope was open.
With a wide range of programs based on credible science and education research, a range of well-managed Collections and an enthusiasm for public education, The Adler provides a highly knowledgeable yet easily accessible and understandable intro to the workings of our planet, solar system and beyond. the Adler’s highly professional and well-trained staff will be happy to answer your questions but a wide range of topics from space exploration to space rocks.
The Adler Planetarium is near the Northeast tip of Northerly Island sitting alongside the field museum and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago’s Museum campus.
The planetarium is home to a number of high-tech theaters. The Grainger Sky Theater offers a technologically-advanced immersive experience which is amongst the world’s tops for any Planetarium. The 2 Samuel C Johnson family Star Theater 3D high-definition 3D show which will Dazzle you and your fellow guests. The Definiti Theater uses an all-digital projection system to take visitors and guests on a mind-blowing journey through various featured shows.