“When are the Illinois Free Days in September at Adler Planetarium?” by S.M. O’Connor

Last month, I wrote about the remaining Illinois Discount Days in 2019 at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.   Thursdays and Fridays in September are Illinois Discount Days.  [As I also wrote about last month, the Adler Planetarium, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, is one of thirty-three Illinois institutions participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s 2019 Museum Day® on Saturday, September 21, 2019.  Click here to get Museum Day® tickets.]  On Illinois Discount Days, Illinois residents will receive free General Admission.  A valid identification card with an Illinois address is required at the box office.  This covers access to all exhibits, but excludes the Atwood Sphere Experience and sky shows. On Illinois Resident Discount Days, Illinois residents may also upgrade to an All Access Pass at a discounted price and thereby gain access to the Atwood Sphere Experience, as well as the Adler Planetarium’s sky shows.

SEPTEMBER, 2019 ILLINOIS RESIDENT DISCOUNT DAYS

September

5th and 6th

12th and 13th

19th and 20th

26th and 27th

Dates are subject to change.  Check this Webpage for updates.

 

Every Day Discounts

Illinois teachers (Preschool through 12th Grade) and active military personnel receive free general admission which can be applied to any admission pass.  To take advantage of this benefit, one must show proper identification at the Adler Planetarium box office.

Students and senior citizens (with identification) receive $2 off admission (any admission pass).  Residents of the city of Chicago (as opposed to its suburbs), with proof of residency, receive discounts on all admission passes in recognition of the generous support from the City of Chicago (meaning the municipal government).  Check at the Adler Planetarium box office for details.

Museums For All

The Adler Planetarium is proud to participate in Museums For All, an initiative designed to make museums more accessible to families across the whole federation by removing financial barriers.  Any family that qualifies for state good assistance and is in possession of an EBT card (known in Illinois as a Link card) or a WIC identification card, is eligible to participate.  Eligible participants may receive a Basic Pass (which includes one show) for up to eight people at $1 per guest.  Any guest who wishes to upgrade to an All Access Pass (unlimited shows) may do so for $5 per guest.  Identification must be shown at the Adler Planetarium box office only to receive this special rate.  For further details, check the Museums For All F.A.Q. Webpage.

A.S.T.C. Travel Passport Program

Members of science centers and museums that are located over ninety miles away from the Adler Planetarium and that participate in the A.S.T.C. Travel Passport Program are eligible for free General Admission to the Adler Planetarium.  Members must present their active membership card featuring the A.S.T.C. logo and valid photo identification card at the Adler Planetarium box office to receive this discount.

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.

Normally, the Adler Planetarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Memorial Day (May 27, 2019) through Labor Day (September 2, 2019) and during “Winter Break” from Thursday, December 26, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  The Adler Planetarium will close early at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019.  It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28, 2019) and Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25, 2019).

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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