If it came from outer space, the Adler Planetarium’s got it – meteorites to touch, public telescopes to view the stars, 3-D lectures to learn about supernovas. But the best thing about the Adler is more down-to-earth – its front lawn, offering tremendous city views. Pack a picnic, arrive before dusk, and watch the skyline’s lights turn on. This site is often named Chicago’s most romantic spot.
The lawn is always free. Museum free days (applicable for Illinois residents – and for general admission – only) generally occur in February and in June.
Access to sky shows – including the awesome Destination Solar System – costs extra. Get an All Access Pass for adult/child $35/30.
For news on museum events and what’s moving through the night sky, check Adler’s Facebook and Twitter pages.