#LookUp Community Telescope Program

Adler astronomers and educators are bringing the museum—and the Universe—a little closer to you with 'Scopes In The City!

Are you an educator at a school or an out-of-school time educational organization? Are you interested in learning how to use a telescope? Do you want to receive a telescope to use in future programs? If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, then read on!

The Adler Planetarium’s new #LookUp Community Telescope Program is designed with a simple goal: increase the capacity of communities to provide their own sky observing opportunities for students & the public.

Program Components

  1. Interested educators can apply online. The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 12, 2018. Acceptance notices to be sent out by May 1, 2018.
  2. Participants attend a workshop on Tuesday & Wednesday, July 10-11, 2018, from 1:00-4:00 pm at Chicago Public Library Legler Branch. (Free parking!)
  3. In Fall 2018, participating institutions receive a telescopeyes, to keep!to use in programs with students & the public.

What will you be able to see using this telescope? The Moon, the Sun (yes, really!), planets, and starseven in the city of Chicago, the sky has beautiful wonders to enjoy all year long!


This program is limited to 12 participants. Educators at public and private schools, public libraries, and non-profit institutions are welcome to apply. Acceptance priority will be given to schools and institutions in Chicago, but schools and organizations outside of the city are also eligible. Selection priority will also be given to participants who can attend both workshop days.

Participants will receive a $200 stipend after attending both workshop days (to be paid by end of August 2018). Transportation and other travel-related costs will not be covered or reimbursed.

This program is only open to education professionals. Students and individuals not associated with an educational institution are not eligible to apply. Educators at for-profit organizations and schools are also not eligible to apply.

Questions? Email scopesinthecity@adlerplanetarium.org.