Small ‘Scope Observing

Individual looking through telescope in front of the Adler at night. Milky Way sculpture visible.

Adler astronomers and educators are bringing the museum—and the universe—a little closer to you!

Join us for free small telescope observing on the new telescope terrace located to the south of the Adler.


Depending on the dates of these free telescope events, attendees may be able to observe the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and more!

No ticket purchase is necessary and these events are weather dependent.

Because all telescope events are weather permitting, follow us on Twitter @AdlerPlanet for updates or confirmation that an event is “on” and join our Facebook Group to be the first to know when we’ll be hosting these events.



We strongly recommend taking public transportation (#146 CTA bus), ride shares, or taxis to the Adler Planetarium on program evenings. Parking on the Museum Campus is limited in the evening hours, and cars parked along Solidarity Drive past 10 pm may be ticketed and/or towed. On-street parking may be available but tends to fill up quickly. The parking lot next to the Adler Planetarium, owned by the Chicago Park District (not the Adler Planetarium), is not open in the evenings. The Soldier Field underground parking garage may be available on program evenings, but this is not guaranteed; garage opening and closing times are not at the discretion of the Adler Planetarium. Please allow plenty of time to arrive on the campus and walk to the Observatory.


The new telescope terrace is located just to the south of the Adler Planetarium. Walk past and around the main Adler Planetarium building to the right, to reach the telescope terrace that sits along the walkway to the Doane Observatory. These events take place, outdoors, on the terrace only; the main museum will not be open on program nights and remains closed until March 2022.


Be a masked hero! Masks are required for all guests and staff for your safety and the safety of those around you. Our telescope facilitators will be in close proximity to guests who are looking through the telescopes, and therefore social distancing is not possible.


A special thank you to the Founding Donor of our public observing programs, The Petrovich Family


Your all-access pass to our universe!

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