“When is the Adler Planetarium Free for Illinois Residents in 2020?”

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum has Illinois Resident Discount Days from the 7th to the 9th and from the 20th to the 22nd of January; from the 4th to the 6th, from the 11th to the 13th, and from the 17th to the 20th of February; from the 9th to the 12th of March; from the 20th to the 23rd of April; from the 10th to the 16th of May; on the 2nd, 9th, and 16th of June; on the 22nd, 23rd, and 31st of August; from the 1st to the 4th of September; from the 12th to the 15th of October; on the 11th of November, and from the 17th to the 19th of November; and from the 2nd to the 4th of December.   On these days, Illinois residents receive free admission to the Museum.  Note this does not include the famous Atwood Sphere or sky shows.  Illinois residents can upgrade to Museum Entry + 2 pass that covers the Atwood Sphere Experience and sky shows at a discounted price.  This is an opportunity for families with preschool-aged children, homeschooling families, and adults with open schedules. Please note that Monday, January 20, A.D. 2020 is Martin Luther King, Junior Day, which all schoolchildren have off, so if either parent (or perhaps a grandparent or uncle or aunt) also has the day off, a trip to the Adler Planetarium may be a good way to spend the civic holiday.


January  Tuesday, January 7, 2020  

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

  Thursday, January 9, 2020

  Monday, January 20, 2020

  Tuesday, January 21, 2020

  Wednesday, January 22, 2020  
February  Tuesday, February 4, 2020  

Wednesday, February 5, 2020  

Thursday, February 6, 2020  

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

  Wednesday, February 12, 2020

  Thursday, February 13, 2020

  Monday, February 17, 2020

  Tuesday, February 18, 2020  

Wednesday, February 19, 2020  

Thursday, February 20, 2020  
March  Monday, March 9, 2020
Tuesday, March 10, 2020  

Wednesday, March 11, 2020  

Thursday, March 12, 2020  
April  Monday, April 20, 2020

  Tuesday, April 21, 2020  

Wednesday, April 22, 2020  

Thursday, April 23, 2020  
May  Sunday, May 10, 2020  

Monday, May 11, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020  

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Thursday, May 14, 2020

  Friday, May 15, 2020

  Saturday, May 16, 2020  
June  Tuesday, June 2, 2020  
Tuesday, June 9, 2020  
Tuesday, June 16, 2020  
August  Saturday, August 22, 2020  

Sunday, August 23, 2020  

Monday, August 31, 2020  
September  Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Wednesday, September 2, 2020  

Thursday, September 3, 2020  

Friday, September 4, 2020  
October  Monday, October 12, 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020  

Wednesday, October 14, 2020  

Thursday, October 15, 2020  
November  Wednesday, November 11, 2020  

Tuesday, November 17, 2020  

Wednesday, November 18, 2020  

Thursday, November 19, 2020
December  Friday, December 4, 2020

  Saturday, December 5, 2020  

Sunday, December 6, 2020  

To enjoy the benefit of this discount, one must present a valid ID with an Illinois address at the box office.  Dates are subject to change.  Check here for updates.

Every Day Discounts

      The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum is a Blue Star Museum.  Thus, active-duty military personnel and veterans receive up to five free Museum Entry admission passes (adults or children) with identification. 

Students and senior citizens (society-five-and-over) who present a valid ID can receive $2 off admission.  Chicago residents who furnish proof of residency can receive $2 off all admission passes ($3 for children ages three-to-eleven).  Illinois teachers (preschool through 12th Grade), police, and firefighters receive free Museum Entry if they furnish valid identification at the box office.  Note that Every Day Discounts are only available in person at the box office and cannot be combined.

About the Adler Planetarium     

      The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is located at the northeastern corner of Northerly Island, which is really a peninsula.[1]  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 Placeare immediately south of the Museum Campus.[2]        

      This time of year, the Adler Planetarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for Spring Break from Monday, March 23, 2020 through Saturday, April 18, 2020.  Summer Hours, also 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., will be in effect between the two civic holidays of Memorial Day (Monday, May 25, 2020) and Labor Day (Monday, September 7, 2020).  The Adler Planetarium will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26, 2020) and Christmas Day (Friday, December 25, 2020).  It will again be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during “Winter Break” from Saturday, December 26, 2020 (the 2nd Day of Christmas) through Thursday, December 31, 2020 (the 7th Day of Christmas and New Year’s Eve).

      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.


[1] 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.

[2] The Arie Crown Theater is inside the Lakeside Center.

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