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Special Events

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Sun Salutations
(and Stars too)

Back by popular demand! Start your weekend off right with an inspiring Vinyasa Flow yoga class from Yoga By Degrees in the Adler’s Grainger Sky Theater. Discover the added balance and strength that immersion in the constellations brings!

Learn more about Sun Salutations.

Saturdays, November 1, December 6, 8:30-9:30 am

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After School Teen Hangouts

Join us to hang out and learn some new skills in science, engineering, and digital media. We have wifi, laptops, tablets, and other tech equipment available for you to work on projects or homework, explore some exciting tools, or just meet some new friends! 

Learn more about our Teen After School Hangouts

Wednesdays, November 5, November 12, 4-7 pm

Astro-Overnights

Spend an evening underneath the stars! Children, ages 6-10, and their families enjoy hands-on activities, amazing sky shows, telescope observing, light refreshments, and a continental breakfast. Evening-only options are available. 

Learn more about Astro-Overnights!

Fridays, November 7, February 6, March 6, April 10, May 1, June 12, 6 pm-8 am

Hacklabs

The Adler and the Shedd Aquarium are teaming up to present HackLabs: Data in Difficult Places – a chance for you to learn more about citizen science and design your own experiments. HackLabs will take place once a month on Saturdays.

Learn more and register for Hacklabs

Saturdays, November 8, December 6, January 10, and February 7, 1-4 pm

 

Girls Do Hack

The Adler will hold the second annual Girls Do Hack on November 15, 2014. High school girls from around Chicagoland will work in teams with female STEM mentors to complete a variety of skills-based workshops.   

Learn more and register for Girls Do Hack

Saturday, November 15, 8:30 am- 4:45 pm

Astronomy Lecture & Book Signing

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? Join us for our astronomy lecture and book signing by Br. Guy Consolmagno, an astronomer from the Vatican Observatory to learn about the issues that this question raises.  

Learn more about our Astronomy Lecture & Book Signing

Tuesday, November 18, 7 pm

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Adler After Dark

Enjoy cocktails against the award-winning view of the Chicago skyline seen only from the Adler. Each month, Adler After Dark themes change to offer you a new and exciting experience. Must be 21+ to attend. 

Experience Adler After Dark as a VIP! Our exclusive VIP ticket package will be debuting on November 20.

Learn more about Adler After Dark.

Thursday, November 20, 6-10 pm

Live Multimedia Performance 

Join us as we host artist Miwa Matreyek for a live multimedia performance that combines art, science and music to explore the epic beginnings of the Universe.

Learn more about our Live Multimedia Performance.

Friday, November 21, 7-8 pm

Random Hacks of Kindness Junior

Teams of middle school kids will come to the Adler Planetarium to work alongside charities and web developers to design tools that address their community's issues. 

Learn more about Random Hacks of Kindness Junior.

Saturday, February 28, 9am-4pm


Daily Programs

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Young Explorers Mondays

Calling all explorers between the ages of 2 and 6! Check out Young Explorers’ Mondays, where children and their families can try stellar hands-on activities like Fly a Kite, Stories Under the Stars, and more. Or consider adding a sky show to your day when you purchase a Basic Pass that includes One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Big Adventure.

Mondays: 9:30 am-1 pm

Free with general admission

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Stage Demonstrations

Stop by for our stage demonstrations featuring, Current Space News or 5-Minute Science. Current Space News shares astronomy news and examines unanswered mysteries astronomers are currently trying to solve. 5-minute Science invites you to explore the big astronomy questions with big science experiments. These activities are subject to change without prior notice. 

Everyday: 11:15 am, 1:30, & 2:45 pm

Free with general admission 

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Activity Carts

Our activity carts encourage you to use your sense of exploration and your keen observations to discover something new. Facilitated by trained staff and volunteers, these hands-on experiences provide Adler guests with the opportunity to investigate a variety of space science topics. 

Please check the daily activity signs for times and locations.

Free with general admission 

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Telescope Observing

View the Sun safely using Adler’s telescopes. To guarantee flexibility during your visit, our telescopes are available on a first come first-served basis, weather permitting. Telescope observing schedule is subject to change without prior notice. 

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays except every third Thursday: 10 am-1 pm

Free with general admission

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Doane Observatory

Please be advised that Chicago's very own lakefront observatory will be closed beginning on Monday, April 28, for renovations. It will be unavailable for public observing or ticketed tours until the first phase of the project concludes this November.

Learn more about the Doane Renovation

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Open Lab

During SVL Open Lab hours, you can look behind the scenes at the technology and processes used to construct space visualizations, play with new technology, and learn how scientists use data to create images.

Monday – Friday: 12-1 pm

Free with general admission

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Astronomy Conversations

Have you always wanted to meet the people behind the science at the Adler? At SVL's Astronomy Conversations, you can exchange ideas with Adler space science and technology experts and learn more about ongoing Adler projects.

Monday – Friday: 2-3 pm

Free with general admission

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KICP Saturdays

Be part of a dynamic dialogue with researchers from the University of Chicago's Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics (KICP) who provide first hand accounts of their work which is taking place at the South Pole, deep mines, and distant mountain peaks in Chile.

Saturdays: 1-3 pm

Free with general admission

 

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