Adler Planetarium

Travel to the Future for a One-of-a-Kind, Immersive Space Experience that Takes Audiences 
Beyond the Dome to Explore the Solar System Like Never Before 

The future is here at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium!  In Destination Solar System audiences tour the Solar System like never before through the state-of-the-art technology of the Grainger Sky Theater.  The excitement and drama of our celestial neighborhood comes to life in stunning, vivid detail in this unforgettable experience available only at the Adler.

In this live show, it’s the year 2096, and space tourism is available to everyone. “Space Express Tours,” the first tour company in deep space, offers a variety of adventures including its most popular, Destination Solar System. This out-of-this-world tour, departing from the Grainger Sky Theater, takes place on board the fastest ship in the Space Express fleet and the only vehicle equipped with Space Jump™ technology.

In Destination Solar System, passengers will travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds on an adventure-filled tour led by Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable—but inexperienced—tour guide, and Max, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer.  Tours of the hottest hot spots and the coldest, stormiest and most spectacular sights in the Solar System await curious space explorers of all ages.

Destination Solar System Image Gallery


The Making of Destination Solar System

Learn how show creators, including the Adler Planetarium’s Science Visualization Lab experts, blend art, science and technology to create a unique, immersive experience. In this behind-the-scenes video, audiences learn how trained actors prepared to take on the role of “Jesse”, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable—but inexperienced—tour guide, and how they interact with Max, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer. In this live show, audiences will discover the breathtaking visuals presented in the Grainger Sky Theater, which enables visitors to explore space as if they were there. 

In the News

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Media Contact

Nicholas Glenn
Public Relations and New Media Manager

The Adler Planetarium gratefully acknowledges The Grainger Foundation for its generous support for the creation of Destination Solar System

Destination Solar System was co-created by Carin Greenberg and Christina Delfico in partnership with the Adler Planetarium.  Destination Solar System was written by Carin Greenberg, executive produced by Christina Delfico and directed by Ken Diego. Music was created by Jon Baker Productions.