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Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum


1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. (cross street Solidarity Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number: (312) 922-7827


  • Mon—Fri 10am-4pm Sat Sun 10am-4:30pm.
  • Summer hours:
    • Daily 9:30am—6pm.


  • Check museum website for current entrance and show prices, discounts and packages.

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Accessible loading zone
  • Nearest onsite public parking lot/garage
    • Near South Entrance
    • Accessible van spaces available
  • Street parking
    • Several reserved metered parking spaces are located immediately behind the bus stop
  • Note: All Museum Campus parking lots managed by Standard Parking, 312-583-9153

Educational Programs

  • Type-guided tours, workshops/classes, lectures, sky viewing, overnight camping for Scouts
  • Ages served-all
  • Disabilities served-all
  • Note: For students with disabilities, the Discover Our Universe show can be modified as needed. Teachers should contact the Reservations & Group Sales Department, 312-294-0364.

Hearing >>  

Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • Captioning devices for shows in Definiti and Sky Theatres
    • Voucher for device available at box office
    • Arrive 15 minutes before show and present voucher to service staff
  • Script for audio tour
    • In English and Spanish, available from tour check-out station
  • Strobe alarms in public areas and restrooms
  • Elevator has visual indicators
  • Public phone with volume control
  • TTY public phone
    • Location??”South entrance

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Information in alternate formats??”Braille
    • Resources on astronomy available from box office
  • Recorded audio tour
    • Languages??”English and Spanish
  • Touch exhibits
    • Tactile images of planets and constellations
    • Available to students attending “Discover Our Universe” show
  • Guided tour??”on request, groups only
    • To arrange a tour, call Reservations & Group Sales, (312) 294-0361
  • Exhibit labels
    • Large print/high contrast/non-glossy labels for exhibits
  • Interior signage
    • Large print/high contrast/non-glare
  • Servers in Galileo’s Café will read menu on request
  • Height clearance at least 80”
  • Braille/tactile signage??”restroom, elevator controls, hoistways
  • Elevator has audible indicators
  • Nearest grassy/dog relief area??”in front of museum
  • Note: Some drinking fountains hung above 27" and not cane detectable

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The Adler is America's first planetarium but, thanks to extensive renovation and the addition of the Sky Pavilion in 1999, it's also modern, accessible and high tech. In addition to two planetarium theaters, there are exhibit galleries, an educational center, gift shop, lakefront cafe and telescope terrace.


  • Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
  • Sat Sun 10am-4:30pm.
  • Summer hours:
    • Daily 9:30am-6pm.


  • Check museum website for current entrance and show prices, discounts and packages.


  • Secondary entrance is wheelchair accessible (not a service entrance)
    • Location-South entrance, Education Center, to right of main entrance
  • Level entry
  • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Push button door

Assistive Equipment for Guests with Physical Disabilities

  • Wheelchairs
  • Available from-South entrance and box office at main entrance

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide
  • Ramps provide access to one or more areas
    • Cyber Space exhibit

Exterior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide
  • Stable/non-slip surface
  • Surface material-paved sidewalks

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Restaurant/Cafe-Galileo's Cafe
    • Accessible restroom 1 level down via nearby elevator
  • Information Counter-36" max.
  • Ticketing-36" max. counter/section/pass through
  • Brochure rack
  • Gift shop
  • Seating-benches without arms
  • Drinking Fountain
  • ATM-South entrance

Performance Spaces

Sky Theatre
  • Moveable seating
  • Wheelchair seating
    • Unlimited spaces
  • Companion seating
    • Moveable, alongside
Definiti Space Theatre
  • Fixed seating
  • Wheelchair seating
    • Four integrated spaces, up to 20 with advance notice
    • Locations-On both sides, at rear
  • Companion seating
    • Fixed, alongside for 4 integrated spaces only
  • Note: This is a 360 degree planetarium theatre


  • On accessible route
  • Space to approach/view/maneuver
  • Freestanding cases 36"-39" max.
  • Wall hung cases 36"-39" max. bottom level
  • Wall hung displays 54" to center line
  • Items viewed from above, 36" to top of item/case
    • Most OK but some are high
  • Interactive displays are wheelchair accessible
  • Interactive displays have easy to use controls
  • Labels are viewable from seated position
  • Note: Atwood Sphere has rear seats that flip up to create space for 1 wheelchair.


  • Door clearance at least 36"
  • Car size at least 54" x 80" with centered door or 54" x 68" with side door
  • Elevator controls 54" or less

Café/Restaurant-Galileo's Cafe

  • Counter service only
    • Staff will assist/carry food to table
  • Cafeteria/buffet line on accessible path of travel
  • Counter/buffet 36" high or less
  • Tray slides 34" high or less
  • Self-serve machines in reach
  • 48" or less from floor (see note)
  • Pay at cashier counter 36" high or less
  • Wheelchair accessible tables
    • Knee clearance at least 27" high by 30" wide
    • Surface no more than 34" high
    • Pedestal does not block toe clearance
  • 36" path to/between tables
  • Note: Coffee machines not in reach

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  • Unisex/Single Use
  • Location??”South Entrance
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Door swings out
  • Space in restroom to maneuver??”5' by 5' or T-shaped space to turn
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Lateral transfer space at least 30" wide
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Insulated sink pipes
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Towels/soap/vending within reach??”48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls automatic or lever type
  • Latch operable with closed fist
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none
  • Note: All men’s and women’s restrooms have a wheelchair accessible stall except those in the old building, lower level.

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