Adler Planetarium

1300 S Lake Shore Dr,
Chicago, IL 60605
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Average Base Cost: $45,000

Our average base cost for an Adler Planetarium wedding is calculated by figuring an 150-person guest list for a Saturday night ceremony/reception April-December using a food/beverage minimum of $180/pp. Entertainment, flowers, furniture, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

How Adler Planetarium breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: 

  • Saturdays April-December & holiday weekend Sundays: $9,800
  • Fridays & Sundays: $6,800

What’s Included: 

  • 5 hours for event
  • Dance floor
  • Access to exhibits, sky shows and outdoor telescope (based on staff availability)
  • All food, beverage, staffing, tables, chairs, linens and equipment is provided by the catering company
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Photo by Sam Hurd Photography

What You Need to Know: There is a 150 person minimum on Saturdays June-October


  • Additional hours are $500 per hour
  • Insurance is $200 for social events
  • Ceremony is free but must hold reception at the venue
  • There is a 150 person minimum on Saturdays June-October

Vendors: Outside vendors are allowed except for catering, which is provided exclusively by Food For Thought Catering.

Food and Beverage: Prices range from $170-$220/per person, on average depending on guest count, bar package, linen selection, chairs, etc. You can see a snapshot of their pricing, below:

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More Adler Planetarium Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: 325 fully seated with a dance floor

Bridal Suite: Yes

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Parking: Yes, the Planetarium works with a nearby paid garage (Soldier Field)

How Will Grandma Get There? Located on Lake Michigan on the Museum Campus (which also encompasses Soldier Field, The Field Museum of Natural History, and the Shedd Aquarium), the Adler Planetarium is close to a ton of hotel options, including The Hilton and the W Chicago City Center.

Party On! Events may begin at 1:30 a.m. and can go until 1 a.m.

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The Adler Planetarium Report: 

The Adler Planetarium is a public museum that is part of Chicago’s Museum Campus, which includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum.  Founded in 1930 by Chicago businessman Max Adler, the Adler is actually America’s first planetarium. Fun fact: Their newly reimagined Grainger Sky Theater opened in May 2011 and is considered the most technologically advanced dome theater in the world. Most ceremonies and receptions take place in the Skyline Solarium. Weather permitting; the tiered outdoor terrace may also be used. The indoor cocktail space is the Welcome Gallery, comprised of modern, white fabric hanging from the ceiling with your choice of seventeen lighting colors to match your décor look.

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Woman Getting Married Says:

An awesome location and amazing views will not come cheap at this venue, but for those looking for something fun and unique this should definitely be added to your list. I would think about getting married in the warmer months so you can take advantage of that terrace and all Lake Michigan has to offer.

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Amenities/What’s Included 7
Convenient for Grandma 8
Layout 10
Location 10
Overall Charm 10
Venue Value 7

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