Chicago’s Night Sky | Opening Nov. 22

Chicago's Night Sky - Opening November 22, 2019! Come in and see what you're missing!

In a dark sky, you can see about 4,500 stars with the naked eye. In Chicago’s sky, you can see about 35.

Included With Museum Entry

As long as people have walked the Earth, they’ve looked to the sky as a creative muse, a constant companion, and a gateway to the mysteries of our Universe. This November, the Adler will open a brand-new exhibition to help connect you—and the city around you—to the wondrous human tradition of looking up. Chicago’s Night Sky opens November 22.

Chicago’s Night Sky will feature real science and research from several of the Adler’s program initiatives, including Far Horizons, Youth Organization for Lights Out, and Zooniverse. Get a first-hand look at the work Adler teens and experts are doing to measure light pollution in Chicago and help find solutions to restore and protect dark skies.

Explore the new Community Star Studio, an interactive workshop where you can roll up your sleeves and discover ways to creatively connect to the night sky using a variety of mixed media to interpret, design, draw, color, or construct an image of your own unique personal connections. The sky’s the limit!

Further Exhibition Highlights

  • Discover how people from all over the world have imagined shapes and pictures in the sky.
  • See Adler’s world-renowned collection of celestial globes, star maps, and more.
  • Take part in real research by identifying constellations in historic celestial maps from the Adler’s collection.
  • Use digital interactive technology to create your own constellations in the sky.
  • Experiment with aspects of lighting design to learn how to build better lighting.
  • Learn how to find interesting things to see in the night sky.
  • See how works of art can take us on journeys across the sky.

Featured Online Companion Exhibition: Pictures in the Sky

Chicago’s Night Sky is supported by generous donations from Adler Planetarium Women’s Board, The A. Montgomery Ward Foundation, and CDW.