The Chicago Adler Planetarium: FREE Admission and Programs on Earth Day – April 22

Earth Day is rapidly approaching and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is celebrating Earth Day with special programs and FREE  admission for Illinois residents.  The planetarium has announced that it is going to be holding its second-annual Earthfest on April 22. That’s the same day countries around the globe mark the start of the modern environmental movement.  In a news release Tuesday, planetarium officials say the event will “celebrate the planet we call home” and include discussions “about protecting it for generations to come.”  Earthfest events will include a conversation with Adler astronomers about climate change and the screening of a documentary on light pollution.  Programs for kids include a reading of the book “Curious George Plants a Tree.”


Located in: Chicago’s Museum Campus
Address: Museum Campus, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Hours: Open today · 9:30AM–4PM
Phone: (312) 922-7827


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Earthlings of all ages, individuals, and groups of curious citizens of the world, join us on Saturday, April 22, for Earthfest—a day-long, family-friendly party celebrating the planet we call home. Earthfest will dazzle you with the brilliance of Earth, the innovative minds that inhabit it, and demonstrate ways you can protect it for generations to come.  So what are you waiting for? Do something nice for the Earth, have fun, meet new people, and above all make a difference at Adler’s second annual Earthfest!   In celebration of Earthfest, April 22 is an Illinois Resident Discount Day! Illinois residents can enjoy FREE general admission with proof of Illinois residency.  The Adler also encourages March for Science participants to join us following the parade to continue the conversation and do science with us!


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About the Adler Planetarium From Wikipedia:

The Adler Planetarium is a public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics. It was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. It is located on the northeast tip of Northerly Island at the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois. The Adler is America’s first planetarium and part of Chicago’s Museum Campus, which includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum. The Adler’s mission is to inspire exploration and understanding of the Universe. The Adler Planetarium opened to the public on May 12, 1930. For its design, architect Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr. was awarded the gold medal of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1931. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories. This lakeside observatory is the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.

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