We almost cancelled the Adler Planetarium, until we found out that the bus we were on dropped us right at the door anyhow. So we figured a shortened visit would be better than no visit at all.
One thing about the planetarium is that it offers one of the best views of the Chicago skyline.
General admission is $12 per person, but I don't think that's very good value for your money. A lot of the displays seemed dated to us, some even saying things like "when the exploration begins in 2005..."!
The other thing we don't like about the pricing is that they charge you extra for other things. So if you want to see the good stuff like the Space theatre show, the 3D show, or experience the Atwood Dome, you have to pay extra. You can buy a ticket to see these things as well, but then it's $28 a person. Sorry, too much for us.
We only had a short time there, and really we didn't need any more than that.
A piece of the moon.
Ruth and a revolving display of the earth. Total coincidence that the view is currently of Mexico!
They had a special display of old telescopes.
So really, unless your are an astrology buff we think the Adler Planetarium is best left to the end of the list. Would have been neat to see the movie in the new Granger Sky Theatre, but on it's own it was another $10 on top of the $12 general admission price. I think these places should be charging one flat price to see all attractions and getting rid of the general admission, but that's just us.
We had to pick up our tickets to the 3:00pm boat tour, and have some lunch. So we walked back to downtown through Grant Park and to the Buckingham fountain.
I know it looks like a beautiful day, but it was chilly! Yes, the sun was shining (good thing!) but it was a high of only 52F (11C) and there was a bit of a breeze.
Next up, the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises.