“Remaining 2018 Illinois Resident Free Days at the Adler Planetarium” by S.M. O’Connor

The remaining 2018 Illinois Resident Free Days at the Adler Planetarium and Planetarium Museum are Sunday, September 9, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018; Monday, October 8, 2018; Sunday, October 21, 2018; Monday, October 24, 2018; Tuesday, October 25, 2018; Sunday, November 11, 2018; Monday, November 12, 2018; Wednesday, November 14, 2018; Thursday, November 15, 2018; Saturday, December 1, 2018; Monday, December 3, 2018 through Friday, December 7, 2018; and Monday, December 10, 2018.

Remaining 2018 Illinois Free Days at the Adler Planetarium


9th through 16th


8th, 21st, 24th, and 25th

11th 12th, 14th, and 15th


1st, 3rd through 7th, and 10th


To take advantage of this offer, one must furnish identification with an address in Illinois. Please note that on Illinois Resident Free Days, state residents may also upgrade to an All Access Pass at a discounted price to gain access to the Atwood Sphere Experience and the Adler Planetarium sky shows.  Check this Webpage and Adler Planetarium social media for updates about free days and other special offers.

Illinois teachers (Preschool through 12th Grade) and active-duty military personnel receive free general admission, which can be applied to any admission pass, every day.  One must furnish proper identification at the box office.   Students can senior citizens receive $2 off admission.  Chicago residents, with proof of residency, receive discounts on all admission passes in recognition of financial support from the City of Chicago as a corporate body.

The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum participates in the Museums For All program.  Any family who qualifies for state food assistance and is in possession of an EBT card (known in Illinois as a Link card) or a WICID card, is eligible to participate.  Eligible participants may receive a Basic Pass (which includes one show) for up to eight people at a cost of $1 per guest.  Any guest who wishes to upgrade to an All Access Pass (unlimited shows) may do so for $5 per guest.  Cards or IDs must be presented at the Adler Planetarium box office on-site to enjoy this special low rate.

Normally, the Adler Planetarium is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  However, it will close early, at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 8, 2018 for the Celestial Ball, which is the Adler Planetarium’s annual gala fundraiser.  The Adler Planetarium will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018; Friday, November 23, 2018; Saturday, November 24, 2018; Sunday, November 25, 2018; and from Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019.  It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 22, 2018) and Christmas Day (Tuesday, December 25, 2018).

Late last month, on Friday, August 24, 2018, the Adler Planetarium announced that N.A.S.A. Administrator James F. Bridenstine had named Dr. Michelle B. Larson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, to the N.A.S.A. Advisory Council (N.A.C.) Science Committee.  It is a standing committee of the N.A.S.A. Advisory Council.  On the fifteen-member N.A.C. Science Committee, she will hold the Public Communications seats.

“Communicating scientific ideas to broad audiences has been a cornerstone of my life’s work – to promote science literacy and to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in the joy to discovery,” stated Dr. Larson.  “I am delighted to continue this work with the Science Committee.”

The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is located at the northeastern corner of Northerly Island, which is really a peninsula.  It is the only island from a chain of artificial islands Daniel Hudson Burnham, Senior (1846-1912) and Edward H. Bennett (1874-1954) called for in the Plan of Chicago.  Northerly Island is part of the Chicago Park District’s Burnham ParkThe Field Museum of Natural History, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum comprise the Museum Campus at the northern end of Burnham Park, east of Grant Park in downtown Chicago.  Soldier Field and the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place are immediately south of the Museum Campus.  The Arie Crown Theater is inside the Lakeside Center.

The address is 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.  The phone number is (312) 922-7827.  The Website U.R.L. is https://www.adlerplanetarium.org.

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