’Scopes in the City
Adler staff and volunteers bring the museum—and the universe—a little closer to you! With ’Scopes in the City, we lead free telescope observing programs in Chicago neighborhoods and elsewhere. Join us to #LookUp together!
Because all ’Scopes in the City events are weather permitting, subscribe to our Adler Events (Digital and In Person) or Night Sky Observing email lists. And, like us on Facebook to be the first to hear about upcoming events near you. You never know where our telescopes will pop up next!
Upcoming 'Scopes In The City Events
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
1650 N Troy Street
Chicago, IL, 60647
What will we be observing? Jupiter, Mars and the Moon
This event has been rescheduled from its original date to February 2, 2023.
5:30 pm–7:30 pm
300 W Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL, 60440
What will we be observing? Saturn, Venus, Jupiter, Mars and the Moon
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
1000 E 73rd Street
Chicago, IL, 60619
What will we be observing? The Moon and Mars
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
733 N Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60612
What will we be observing? The Moon
11:00 am–1:00 pm
4455 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60625
What will we be observing? The Sun
Where We’ve Been | 2015-Now
It’s simple! We set up 1-2 telescopes, and anyone walking by is invited to look up with us and chat about what we’re seeing. Depending on how busy it is, we may also have a few quick hands-on activities to share with guests.
No! There is no cost to the host or participants for a ’Scopes in the City appearance. This is a FREE event!
We are happy to take ’Scopes in the City anywhere in the Chicagoland area! We appear often at Chicago Public Library branches, parks, neighborhoods, and other places where people gather. While we are not limited to taking ’Scopes only to locations in Chicago, we give priority to scheduling programs within Chicago.
The sky belongs to everyone, and we invite everyone to join us in looking up!
We usually set up our telescope(s) for 1-2 hours.
No! In May, June, and July, we often book times during the day to view the Sun, primarily because sunset is so late during these months.
No. We schedule ’Scopes in the City throughout the year. In fact, some of the best sky viewing is during the winter. Bundle up if you join us for one of those dates!
It depends on what is in the sky throughout the year and the light pollution situation at the site. Generally, we try to schedule dates/times when the Moon or a bright planet (such as Venus, Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn) is visible, or we may schedule a daytime event to view the Sun safely.
Usually, a ’Scopes in the City appearance is completely at the mercy of the weather. If it is cloudy or too windy, we generally have to cancel the program. In limited cases, we may be able to reschedule. We can usually make the go/no-go call about 24 hours prior to the date/time of the program based on the weather forecasts. This gives us and our program partners time to get the word out about the cancellation. (Check the Adler website and Facebook.) For a small number of programs, we may be able to take the appearance indoors with some hands-on activities, though this is not an option available in all cases.
We welcome suggestions for where ’Scopes in the City can appear. The program is not available for private (non-public) events. If you have a location suggestion, please fill out this form. We generally schedule 25-40 ’Scopes in the City programs throughout the year.
The program must be open to the general public—ideally in a high-traffic area—and the site must have a clear view to the southeast, south, and/or southwest sky. If there is a question about the sky viewing suitability of a particular site, we may request to make an advance visit to ascertain this before we schedule a program, or we may request pictures of the site from the host.
No, our telescopes include both unpowered and battery-powered models. We’re self-sufficient.
We welcome your questions! Please email us at ScopesInTheCity@adlerplanetarium.org.
Thanks To Our Sponsors
A special thank you to the Founding Donor of our public observing programs, The Petrovich Family
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