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Special Offers

The Adler Planetarium offers a variety of discounted tickets throughout the year. The majority of the discounted tickets available must be purchased online in advance of your visit. Explore special offers below!

Please note: Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon fulldome planetarium show is excluded from all special offers and discounted tickets.

Free Days (Illinois Resident Discount Days)

The Adler Planetarium is free for Illinois residents (with proof of residency) every Wednesday evening from 4:00 pm–10:00 pm. Stop by after work or school, or for date night and enjoy everything the Adler has to offer at night, for free as part of our Illinois Resident Discount Days program.

Reserve your free Museum Entry tickets and add on any sky shows for the full experience! Illinois residents may upgrade to a Museum Entry +2 pass at a discounted price and gain access to any of our breathtaking sky shows. You’ll be given an option to do this upon checkout. All tickets must be purchased online and in advance. All sales are final. Proof of residency will be required upon checkout. To show proof of residency, you can use a valid Illinois driver’s license or photo ID, Illinois student ID with photo, or a photo ID plus a document (utility bill, lease, etc.) that shows your name and Illinois address.

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Museums For All

The 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 Museum Entry +1 (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 must be shown at the Adler Box Office only to receive this special rate. At this time, no online ticket purchases are available for this discount. Please read through our frequently asked questions below to verify eligibility and learn more about Museums for All.

Museums for All Frequently Asked Questions

What is Museums for All?

Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) to encourage increased and regular museum attendance by low-income and underserved families.

How does Museums for All work?

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 and can present the card or ID at the box office. Eligible participants may receive a Museum Entry +1 (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.

P-EBT cardholders do not qualify for Museums For All at the Adler Planetarium, as the P-EBT program has ended.

What does the Museum for All rate include?

The $1 per person rate includes a Museum Entry +1 pass, which grants the card holder and up to seven additional people access to one show. If any guest wishes to upgrade to a Museum Entry +2 pass for unlimited shows (based upon availability), they may do so for $5 per guest.

Discounts on any other programs, special events, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon fulldome show or in the Cosmic Cafe or the Adler Space Shop are not included in the Museums for All program.

Do other cultural institutions participate in Museums for All?

Yes! The program continues to add new partners. Check here to find other participating institutions throughout the country.

Are P-EBT cards eligible for Museums for All?

P-EBT cards are not eligible for Museums for All at the Adler Planetarium as the P-EBT program has ended.

Is there a limit to the number of Museums for All visits an EBT or WIC cardholder can make within a year?

EBT card or WIC ID holders can visit the Adler Planetarium as many times as they like and receive the Museums for All rate each time.

Why is the Adler Planetarium participating in the Museums for All initiative?

The Adler Planetarium ignites curiosity in everyone. All minds are welcome here. All minds are needed here. Our commitment to ongoing accessibility pushes us to always seek new ways of removing barriers to museum-going for every member of our community.

What if someone is low-income but does not qualify for EBT or WIC and the Museums for All rate?

The Adler Planetarium welcomes all Illinois residents to enjoy free General Admission on Illinois Resident Discount Days 52 days throughout the year. Additionally, Adler Planetarium offers Every Day Discounts to eligible participants.

Bank of America Card Holders

Bank of America card holders receive complimentary Museum Entry the first weekend of each month. To take advantage of this benefit, proceed to the Accessible Entrance on the day of your visit and show the box office staff your Bank of America card and matching photo ID for admission access. If you’d like to add on any sky shows or purchase any additional tickets, you can do so then. At this time, online reservations are not available for this benefit.

Every Day Discounts*

Chicago CityPASS®

Chicago CityPASS® makes sightseeing easy and affordable. Save 48% on Adler Planetarium Museum Entry +2 (which includes two sky shows*) and admission to four more top Chicago attractions. Visit the attractions at your own pace, in any order, over a 9-day period. One easy purchase and mobile ticket delivery saves you time and money.

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CityPASS® holders cannot make sky show reservations in advance. On the day of your visit, present your CityPASS® tickets to be scanned at the main entrance (up the staircase) and to book your sky shows (based on availability). Sky shows may sell out, especially later in the day. Visit earlier in the day for more availability. Last admission is one hour before close. 

*Does not include Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon show. That show can be added on for an additional $20 at the box office when you arrive.

Chicago Residents

City of Chicago residents receive $2 discounts on all admission passes in recognition of the generous support from the city. Proof of residency will needed to verify eligibility online during the checkout process.

MUSEUM ENTRY MUSEUM ENTRY +1 MUSEUM ENTRY +2

All tickets must be purchased online and in advance. All sales are final. Discount not valid on Wednesday nights.

Teachers

Teachers, including Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX) members, receive one free adult Museum Entry admission. Shows can be added on for an additional cost. Proper identification or proof of employment will need to be shown at the Adler Box Office upon arrival in order to verify eligibility for this discount.

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All tickets must be purchased online and in advance. All sales are final. Discount not valid on Wednesday nights.

Military Personnel

Active-duty U.S. military, national guard, reserve, and military veteran personnel and their families receive up to five complimentary Museum Entry admissions. Shows can be added on for an additional cost. Proper identification or proof of service will need to be shown at the Box Office upon arrival in order to verify eligibility for this discount.

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Museums in the Park & Park District Employees

Museums in the Park (MIP) & Park District Employees receive two free Museum Entry admissions. Shows can be added on for an additional cost. Verification of employment will need to be shown at the Adler Box Office upon arrival to in order to verify eligibility for this discount.

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All tickets must be purchased online and in advance. All sales are final. Discount not valid on Wednesday nights.

Museums in the Park Volunteers

Museums in the Park volunteers receive up to four free adult Museum Entry admissions (volunteer plus three guests). Shows can be added on for an additional cost. Verification of volunteer status will need to be shown at the Adler Box Office upon arrival to in order to verify eligibility for this discount.

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All tickets must be purchased online and in advance. All sales are final. Discount not valid on Wednesday nights.

DuSable Museum of African American History Members

Members of the DuSable Museum of African American History receive one free admission of any kind (Museum Entry, Museum Entry+1 or Museum Entry+2). Verification of DuSable Museum membership will need to be shown at the Adler Box Office upon arrival to in order to verify eligibility for this discount.

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All tickets must be purchased online and in advance. All sales are final. Discount not valid on Wednesday nights.

National Museum of Mexican Art Members

Members of the National Museum of Mexican Art receive one free admission of any kind (Museum Entry, Museum Entry+1 or Museum Entry+2). Verification of National Museum of Mexican Art membership will need to be shown at the Adler Box Office upon arrival to in order to verify eligibility for this discount.

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All tickets must be purchased online and in advance. All sales are final. Discount not valid on Wednesday nights.

ASTC Travel Passport Program

Members and employees 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 up to six free Museum Entry admissions to the Adler (2 adults and 4 children ages 3–17). Shows can be added on for an additional cost.

Members must present their active membership card featuring the ASTC logo and valid photo ID at the Adler Box Office to verify eligibility for this discount prior to entry. Employees may show proof of employment.

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All tickets must be purchased online and in advance. All sales are final. Discount not valid on Wednesday nights.

Every day discounts must be used to purchase tickets online in advance (except where noted) and cannot be combined.

*At this time, discounted tickets are not available for Wednesday evening visits.

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Art Institute of Chicago Free Days

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