Free Days At Adler Planetarium in November-December

Come on out for Adler Planetarium’s Free Days of Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, and Dec. 22 and see the Star of Wonder.  This is your last chance to take in the Star of Wonder and why not do it with free admission! Take a journey back in time this holiday season to rediscover the story behind the Star of Bethlehem in the Adler Planetarium’s Star of Wonder, the museum’s longest-running sky show and one of Chicago’s favorite holiday offerings.
Star of Wonder examines the theories behind the celestial event that prompted the Magi (Three Kings) to travel to Bethlehem. Was this heavenly light an exploding star, a brilliant comet or an unusual grouping of planets? This holiday sky show presents a surprising and dramatic conclusion based on careful exploration of both ancient astronomical records and modern computer calculations.  Relive your memories of this classic story one last time before the show is retired in the Adler’s historic Sky Theater.

free-days-adler-planetariumThe Adler Planetarium – America’s First Planetarium – was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. Following its 75th anniversary, the Adler began a transformation into the world’s premier space science center, inspiring the next generation of explorers by sharing the personal stories of human space exploration and America’s space heroes. The Adler is a recognized leader in science education, with a focus on inspiring young people to pursue careers in science. Learn more at

Free Days with Free Admission:
Charter One Free Days at the Adler are made possible by the generous support of the Charter One Foundation.
5, 12-16, 20, & 27
3, 9-13, 17, & 24
3, 10 & 17
21 & 28
5, 12, 19 & 26
1, 8, 14-18, 22, & 29
6, 13, 20, & 27
3, 10, 17, & 24
1, 8, 15, & 22

Museum admission is free on the above days.

About the Adler Planetarium

Take advantage of the Adler’s free on-site telescopes for a breath-taking view of Chicago’s world-famous skyline. Recently named one of USA Today’s “Ten Great Places to Study Skylines of the World,” the Adler Planetarium telescopes are available to museum visitors during regular museum hours (weather permitting). On the first Friday of every month, get a glimpse of the night sky through Chicago’s largest public telescope, the Doane Telescope, during the Adler’s monthly Far Out Friday event. Check for more details.

Location and Travel Information

The Adler Planetarium is located at 1300 South Lake Shore Drive on the shores of Lake Michigan on Chicago’s beautiful Museum Campus. Exit Lake Shore Drive at 18th Drive, continue north on Museum Campus Drive. Then veer right onto Solidarity Drive. Cash-only parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Adler.

Adler Planetarium – 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-7827,

Regular Schedule

Monday – Friday
Saturday and Sunday
Adler After Dark (Third Thursdays)
10:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Holiday Schedule 2009

November 27-29
December 26-December 30
December 31
January 1-January 3, 2010
9:30 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. –  6:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.
9:30 a.m. –  6:00 p.m.
The Adler Planetarium is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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