Stargazers Hub Opens at Adler Planetarium

Learn how ancient astronomers explored the sky and go on your own space adventure at the planetarium’s newest exhibit.

Take a multisensory journey through time and space in Stargazers Hub, Adler Planetarium’s first new exhibit since 2019, while learning how past generations of space explorers used tools to explore the cosmos. 

The new exhibit, which opened July 29, fills up most of the planetarium’s lower level space with rare astronomical objects, including astrolabs, sundials and one of the oldest telescopes in existence. 

Fans of the planetarium’s unique architecture and style will be thrilled to learn that the original compass rose on the Adler’s terrazzo floors is revealed for the first time in decades. Other exhibit highlights include a hands-on observation station and a wall of mirrors selfie station. 

Once you’ve learned how ancient astronomers explored the sky, go on an exploration of your own at Planet Explorers. The space is designed for junior explorers ages 3-8 to climb, crawl and play as they learn about modern missions to outer space. Plus, the  PlayLab is filled with building blocks, a reading nook and a tot zone. 

Before you exit the planetarium and return to home base, you won’t want to miss the captivating and informative Sky Shows. Kid-friendly screenings include “One World, One Sky,” a Sesame Street journey to the moon, and “Destination Solar System,” a futuristic space tour on board the fastest ship in the Space Express fleet. 

Ready for takeoff? Here are some things to know before you go. 

Quick details about the Adler Planetarium

Photo courtesy of Adler Planetarium

  • Hours: Monday-Tuesday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Wednesday 4 p.m.- 10 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
  • Cost: $19/ages 11+, $8/ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and under.
  • Getting there: The 130 and 146 CTA buses service the planetarium. Transfer to the 146 bus from the Roosevelt red, green or orange line. 
  • Parking: Street parking is available along Solidarity Drive. The Adler Parking Lot and Soldier Field North Garage are paid parking lots with rates ranging from $12-$50. 

Things to do nearby with kids 

  • Make it a museum day with a visit to the Shedd Aquarium or The Field Museum.
  • Walk the Lakefront Trail and explore the city’s scenic parks, beaches and seasonal attractions with your kids. 
  • Play at Maggie Daley Park, an imaginative city park with a three-acre Play Garden that features slides, swings, water and spray features, bridges, climbing structures and more.
  • Already seen the tourist hot spots? Explore the nearby South Loop neighborhood and find the best places to eat, shop and play with kids in our South Loop family guide.

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Chicago Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for Chicagoland families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.

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