Adler Planetarium Plans to Raise Prices

Committee meets Wednesday to decide on $2 increase

By Britni Day
|  Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011  |  Updated 7:01 AM CDT
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Chicagoans might have to pay a few more dollars to see the stars.

Adler Planetarium is planning to raise general admission fees by $2 effective Thursday if approved by the Chicago Park District, Senior Vice President for External Affairs Charles Katzenmeyer said in a release.

"The proposed new admission rates at the Adler will remain well in line with its museum peers, while ensuring that general admission will continue to include access to all of the museum's exhibitions," Katzenmeyer said.

Adler sits on Chicago Park District property. The program and recreation committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday to decide if the price adjustment will stick. 

The price hike comes just two months after Adler was overlooked for the retired NASA shuttle and received a shuttle flight simulator instead.

The planetarium is planning on using the money to open a new 3,200-square foot interactive space called a "Welcome Gallery" this summer, the release said.   

This is the first general admisison price increase since March 2007 for Adler.         

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