See the Stars at Adler Planetarium

If you want to enjoy some out-of-this-world fun, then head to the Adler Planetarium. Whether you’re fascinated by objects in our own solar system or beyond, you’ll find plenty to explore.

Adler opened in 1930, making it the first planetarium in the western hemisphere, and its mission is to connect people to the universe and each other under the sky we all share. 

Highlights include:

Space Visualization Lab

In the Space Visualization Lab, scientists, artists, and technology experts create new ways for visitors to virtually explore the universe. Guests can enjoy immersive experiences and attend presentations led by astronomers. 

Doane Observatory 

See the brightest view of the universe that Chicagoland has to offer. The Doane Observatory features the area’s largest aperture telescope on public display. It gathers over 5,000 times more light than the unaided human eye, allowing viewers to discover celestial objects found trillions of miles away.


There are several shows to enjoy, including:

Welcome to the Universe

Sit back and discover the hidden wonders of the universe. With the help of a live presenter, viewers explore the Pleiades star cluster and navigate the fascinating galaxies of the Coma Cluster. 

Skywatch Live

Enjoy a look at Chicago’s night sky like never before. You will discover how to navigate by starlight and understand the stars behind your favorite constellations. The sky over the city changes daily, making each Skywatch Live show one of a kind. 

Planet Nine

Four years ago, the New Horizons spacecraft offered the first up-close look at Pluto. It captured images that reveal a world far more complex than anyone ever imagined. This film follows Mike Brown and his team at CalTech on the first night of searching for the ninth planet.

The Adler Planetarium is just one of the world-class attractions near our Elk Grove Village apartments. If you want to find a new place to call home, then please contact us. We’d love to show you our community firsthand.

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