Adler Planetarium is on Lake Michigan at 1300 S Lake Shore Drive, closest to the Museum Campus/11th Street Station and the Roosevelt CTA Station. In addition to ongoing exhibits and shows, there are special events including Adler After Dark and Reel Science.

Things to Know

  • Walking time is about 40 minutes from the Roosevelt CTA Station
  • From the Museum Campus/11th Station, walking time is 17 minutes
  • We recommend biking the Lakefront Trail to the building or renting a Divvy bike near the Roosevelt Station, taking the Shoreline water taxi from Navy Pier or using Uber or Lyft car service.

CTA Directions

Head to the Roosevelt CTA Station on the red, orange and green lines. If you need to transfer, the Clark/Lake Station is generally a good location to switch between multiple rail lines. Use Google Maps to get specific recommendations based on your starting location.

Once at Roosevelt, exit the station and walk in the direction of Stan’s Donuts and the highrise buildings. Three options to continue your commute:

  • Request an Uber or Lyft car. New Uber riders can use promo code TransitGuide to get a free ride
  • Next to the Starbucks is a Divvy bike share station if you want to rent a bike. There is a docking station next to the planetarium and a convenient bike path on Roosevelt Road.
  • Otherwise, it’s a long walk, but you can visit The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium on your way or split up the walk with a meal at a nearby restaurant.

Metra/South Shore Line Directions

Take the South Shore or Metra Electric District line to the Museum Campus/11th Street Station. Go up to the 11th Street bridge next to the station and walk toward the park (not the buildings). The sidewalk winds around and eventually reaches Adler (view walking map).

Tip: You can board a Metra train at the Millennium Station in the Loop near Cloud Gate and the Randolph/Wabash CTA Station. Weekend passes are only $8 for unlimited rides, otherwise fares are based on distance traveled. Stay on the same train line to visit Hyde Park and the Museum of Science and Industry for a day of sightseeing.

More Information

CTA to Shedd Aquarium
CTA to The Field Museum
CTA to Grant Park
CTA to Navy Pier