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With breathtaking skyline views, the Adler Planetarium is a unique and memorable venue for your private event. Whether an event seated for 50 or a reception for 1,200, your guests will be dazzled by everything the Adler has to offer.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
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$$$ – Moderate
Food + Catering
Our wedding day was amazing and we were thrilled with the venue itself. However, we had multiple complaints from our guests regarding the security crew at Adler the day of the event. After the first complaint, I thought perhaps my guests just wanted to complain but then I received many more in the days after the wedding. I even had my own issue with the security team a couple days before the wedding when I dropped off the decorations. I didn't mind my own incident but I was very upset when I heard my guests were treated so poorly and practically like criminals in a space meant to be enjoyed. Very disappointing!
Adler is seriously the dream wedding venue for anyone getting married in Chicago! The view is just breathtaking and seeing our ceremony pictures come back with the skyline and lake in the backdrop…it’s stunning. Our guests were simply in awe and it was so fun to see probably half of them change their own Facebook profile pictures to ones from our wedding! Café Galileo was an easy room to transform and they didn’t have a lot of the restrictions other venues in Chicago do, which was an added bonus. Plus, you get to work with Anna Ditton (event coordinator) and Food For Thought Catering, who work tirelessly to make the night perfect (reviewed them separately under Food for Thought). This was by far the best decision we made for our wedding and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
We got married April 2016. The venue itself is so so so stunning....Several of our guest loved it! We even rented the dome room to have our cocktails there and that was the big WOW factor. The room was so amazing with the moon and stars on the ceiling! The food is very good and fft does a great job on the presentation of the food. We worked with MDM to bring in up lighting in the room which gives it an added dramatic affect! Overall the venue was great. My biggest complaint was that the main girl we worked with all throughout the process and all the email exchanges and in the final walk through was not there!! She also did not notify our wedding planner or parents of the bride. We had several things that were not executed and not completed during the night because of her absence. In picking this venue Make SURE whoever you are working with will be at your event that night!!! Also make sure you emphasize that whoever is doing your event gets introduced to you in the beginning of the night... (bride and groom) and the parents of the bride and grooms so when you have questions you know who to go to and are not wondering around looking for them and missing the main event...the wedding.....Extremely important!!
Fantastic VenueReviewed on 10/29/2014 Melissa S
My only gripe, and really ONLY is that you do have to pay to transform the space. It doesn't take much and it beats the heck out of getting married in ANOTHER banquet hall in a hotel somewhere. The views are spectacular. If you're lucky enough to have your ceremony outside (thanks to the weather) it will truly make for INCREDIBLE shots and memories that will surely last a lifetime. It is bar-none the best view in the city, and I know I am bias, but 100% the best venue in Chicago.
Awesome!Reviewed on 10/01/2013 Kathy H
We were recently married here and it was absolutely beautiful! The skyline is the perfect backdrop for a Chicago wedding. The food (you must use Food for Thought) was excellent and Anna was so great to work with! We can be a tough crowd with the food and they surpassed my expectations. We had cocktail hour outside for sunset, and then moved into the cafe for dinner and dancing. It was the perfect mix of outside/inside with us being able to use the terrace as well. We could not have asked for a more perfect place, AND my champagne flute was never less than half full! :) (I wish I could remember the gentleman's name that made that happen I would like to give a "shout out" to him.)
Adler Planetarium - PERFECTIONReviewed on 9/24/2013
I just had my wedding at the Adler and it seriously could not have gone better. I worked with Anna Ditton, and not only is she a sweet person, but she is super organized. The night of I was running around just trying to make sure that I was in the right place and she worried about everything else for me. Everything happened on time, and it was so beautiful. If you're considering the Adler, DO IT. Its amazing. And the food is good too - you have to use their caterer but they can do whatever type of food you want and everything (that we chose anyway) was good. We had an indian food that the guests liked a lot (it was different).
AMAZING!Reviewed on 5/02/2013 Lindsey M
I never could have imagined a better venue! It was a chilly April day, so our guests could see the city without actually going outside. Everyone enjoyed being able to wander through the exhibits and stepping onto the terrace to use the binoculars. The view was spectacular! We could not have been happier!
Beautiful but VERY expensiveReviewed on 1/16/2013 Renee B
We chose the location because of what it meant to us. It was stunning. That said, the Planetarium requires you to use their catering company, which is very expensive. There is no additional lighting included for Galileo cafe' which means there is a large up charge to hire an event company to come in to do any lighting in the space. The biggest downside is that set-up of anything can only begin 2.5 hours before the event begins (earliest set up is 3:00pm during winter months) which makes it difficult to do anything ambitious unless you have a large army who can move quickly. TIP: they will give a discount for a Friday evening wedding.
Absolutely Amazing!Reviewed on 8/20/2012 Colleen W
This was a perfect venue for a magical day. There were fireworks for the guests to watch over Navy Pier and the most gorgeous view of the city which makes pictures fabulous for everyone! The room is also enchanting!
Pretty but priceyReviewed on 8/15/2011 Nikki D
This is a beautiful location- on the water with amazing views of the city skyline, however, the almost $10,000 rental fee is a bit outrageous. If I had another shot at it, I might think of choosing some place cheaper and using that money elsewhere. But, if you have the room in your budget, its pretty hard to beat that view.
FaboReviewed on 7/07/2011 Andrea P
Wonderful if you want to get married two years out..... very busy place!
Amazing venueReviewed on 9/21/2010 Danielle K
This space was our only choice for our ceremony and reception. I would never chose another location. The views of Chicago are amazing! It is a memorable place for any event.
Review for Adler PlanetariumReviewed on 5/10/2010 Jenny L
The reception area of the Planetarium has THE BEST view of the Chicago skyline. Almost everyone was able to enjoy this view during dinner and dancing and there was a terrace for guests to go outside and enjoy the view as well as take wonderful photos. We took wonderful photos both inside and out.