Adler Planetarium Special Offers

Special Admission Offers

The Adler Planetarium offers a variety of discounted tickets throughout the year. Please keep in mind that all discounted passes must be purchased in person at the museum on the day of your visit and are unavailable for purchase online or in advance. Explore special offers below!

Adler Planetarium Free Days

Countless galaxies, unfathomable distances, exploding stars, diamond planets, black holes, there’s no way around it, space is freaking awesome! Come learn more at the Adler Planetarium during our Illinois Resident Discount Days—where Illinois residents receive FREE General Admission to the museum. General Admission provides access to all exhibitions and experiences (excluding the historic Atwood Sphere Experience and sky shows.*)

*On Illinois Resident Discount Days, Illinois residents may also upgrade to a Museum Entry +2 pass at a discounted price and gain access to the Atwood Sphere Experience and any of our breathtaking sky shows.

Whether you are looking for free activities for kids, want to learn more about space or take in the amazing view of the Chicago skyline, free days are a great time to stop by!

2019 Illinois Resident Discount Days

January 21-22, 29
February 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 26-28
April 2-4, 9-11
June 3-5, 10-13
September 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
October 7-9, 14-16
November 8, 11
December 2-3, 7, 12-13

Note: A valid ID with an Illinois address is required at the box office for these special admission prices.

Dates subject to change. Check back frequently for updates.

Every Day Discounts

Students + Seniors

Students and Seniors (with ID) receive $2 off admission (any admission). Must be purchased at box office.

Chicago Residents

City of Chicago residents, with proof of residency, receive discounts on all admission passes in recognition of the generous support from the city.

Adult: $2 off
Child (ages 3-11): $3 off

Illinois Teachers + Active Police and Firefights

Illinois teachers (pre-k through 12) and active police and firefighters receive free Museum Entry which can be applied to any admission pass. Please show proper identification at the box office to take advantage of this benefit.

Active Duty + Veterans

Active duty personnel and veterans receive up to 5 free Museum Entry passes (adults or children) with identification.

The Adler Planetarium is a Blue Star Museum!

Every day discounts are only available in person via the box office and cannot be combined.

Chicago CityPASS

Chicago CityPASS logoSave 50% or more off premium admission to the Adler Planetarium, Shedd AquariumThe Field MuseumSkydeck Chicago, and 360 CHICAGO or Museum of Science and Industry. You’ll skip most ticket lines, too!

Valid 9-days. Cost: Adult $108 ($214 value) and Child 3-11 $89 ($171 value). Purchase ONLINE today and you will immediately receive mobile and printable tickets by email or buy at the Adler Planetarium box office for the same low price.

Museums For All

Museums For AllThe Adler is proud to participate in Museums For All, an initiative designed to make museums more accessible to families nationwide by removing financial barriers.

Any family that qualifies for state food assistance and is in possession of an EBT card (known in Illinois as a Link card) or a WIC ID, is eligible to participate. Eligible participants may receive a Basic Pass (which includes one show) for up to eight people at $1 per guest. Any guest who wishes to upgrade to a Museum Entry +2 may do so for $5 per guest.

Cards or IDs must be shown at the Adler box office only to receive this special rate.

For further detail, please review our Museums For All FAQ.

ASTC Travel Passport Program

Members of science centers and museums that are located more than 90 miles away from the Adler Planetarium and that participate in the ASTC Travel Passport Program are eligible for free General Admission to the Adler. Members must present their active membership card featuring the ASTC logo and valid photo ID at the Adler box office to receive this discount.

Chicago Museum Free Days

Shedd Aquarium Free Days (located on Museum Campus)

Other Chicago Area museums have their own dates for Illinois Resident Free Days. Please visit their websites for more information.

Field Museum Free Days (located on Museum Campus)

Other Chicago Area museums have their own dates for Illinois Resident Free Days. Please visit their websites for more information.

Museum of Science and Industry Free Days

Other Chicago Area museums have their own dates for Illinois Resident Free Days. Please visit their websites for more information.

Art Institute of Chicago Free Days

Other Chicago Area museums have their own dates for Illinois Resident Free Days. Please visit their websites for more information.