Filtering by: Adler Planetarium

Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

Doanne at Dusk

Home to the largest aperture telescope available to the public in the Chicagoland area, the Adler’s Doane Observatory provides visitors a unique opportunity to see a variety of celestial objects like the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and more!  At Doane at Dusk, our guests will enjoy nighttime telescope viewings and related discussions with Adler Astronomers after museum hours.

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Mar
23
to Mar 25

Hidden Figures Revealed

A Celebration of African American women in STEM—Past, Present, and Future

With the 2016 release of Margot Lee Shetterly’s best-selling book, Hidden Figures, and the Oscar-nominated film adaption that followed, many people learned for the first time the story of many African- American women—including NASA mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson—who helped the United States win the space race. But why did the story of these women remain hidden for so long? What can we do to make sure the next great computer programmers, engineers, and mathematicians have the role models, mentors, and resources they need?

The Adler Planetarium and the DuSable Museum of African American History will take on these questions together at Hidden Figures Revealed—a two-day event dedicated to the celebration of African- American women in STEM.

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Mar
9
5:30 PM17:30

REEL Science: Contact

Have you ever wondered what warp drive might be like? Or why spacecraft in movies are always right-side up? The Adler Planetarium’s REEL Science Film Series is back by popular demand to answer these very questions and those that you didn’t even think to ask!

The REEL Science Film Series combines cinematic favorites with science conversations about the film—providing a unique opportunity to discuss the facts vs. the creative liberties taken in Hollywood. Designed to appeal to moviegoers, science enthusiasts and families alike, this five-series event begins again this fall and will continue into the new year.

Tickets include: pre-show trivia, a post show discussion, and a Q&A session with a panel of Adler astronomers.

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Feb
24
6:30 PM18:30

Doane at Dusk

Home to the largest aperture telescope available to the public in the Chicagoland area, the Adler’s Doane Observatory provides visitors a unique opportunity to see a variety of celestial objects like the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and more!  At Doane at Dusk, our guests will enjoy nighttime telescope viewings and related discussions with Adler Astronomers after museum hours.

These events are FREE and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. No tickets are needed. 

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Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Mar-di-Gras

While the commonly-known Earthly festivities of Mardi Gras bring street festivals, masquerades, merriment, and lots of colorful beads to cities around the world, the Adler takes the festivities one giant step forward—TO SPACE!

We’re saying goodbye to Earth and heading to Mars for an out-of-this-world event. Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Adler super krewe is organizing another Mars-di Gras extravaganza. Once again, we will bring the beads, band, and the science to this carnival of fun. You’ll be transported to the Red Planet, masquerade as the first Martians and experience first-hand what it would be like to live, work, and play on Mars.

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Jan
19
6:30 PM18:30

Adler After Dark: Retrorocket

Nearly sixty years ago, the Soviet Union launched a small metal ball into orbit—the “Space Race” was on. Dig out your poodle skirt and horn-rimmed glasses as we go back to the 1950s at this retro Adler After Dark!

Learn more about early rocketry (literal rocket science) with special hands-on science programs, check out a special talk on the Mercury program and “The Right Stuff” from Roger D. Launius of the National Air & Space Museum, and hear some dramatic stories based on actual events from the early history of NASA and Mission Control. Plus explore artifacts from the period, including detailed rocket models and sci-fi-inspired prints from painter Chesley Bonestell at our “Collections Corner” program.

To top it off, dance your socks off with some classic rockabilly hits from Rosie and the Rivets over a Sidecar or Tom Collins à la your favorite character from Mad Men.

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Jan
13
5:30 PM17:30

Doane at Dusk

Home to the largest aperture telescope available to the public in the Chicagoland area, the Adler’s Doane Observatory provides visitors a unique opportunity to see a variety of celestial objects like the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and more!  At Doane at Dusk, guests will enjoy nighttime telescope viewings and related discussions with Adler Astronomers after museum hours.

These events are FREE and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. No tickets are needed.

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Jan
12
5:30 PM17:30

Reel Science- Spaceballs

Have you ever wondered what warp drive might be like? Or why spacecraft in movies are always right-side up? The REEL Science Film Series combines cinematic favorites with science conversations about the film—providing a unique opportunity to discuss the facts vs. the creative liberties taken in Hollywood. Designed to appeal to moviegoers, science enthusiasts and families alike, this five-series event begins again this fall and will continue into the new year.

Tickets are $22 for adults and include: pre-show trivia, a post show discussion, and a Q&A session with a panel of Adler astronomers.

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Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Scopes In The City: MCA Studio

Adler astronomers and educators are bringing the museum—and the Universe—a little closer to you! With ‘Scopes in the City, Adler astronomers and staff lead free telescope observing programs in Chicago neighborhoods. Depending on the dates, times and locations of the ‘Scopes in the City events, attendees may be able to observe the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and more!

Because all ‘Scopes in the City events are weather permitting, please check Twitter @AdlerPlanet or search #ScopesintheCity for updates.

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Nov
17
6:30 PM18:30

Adler After Dark: Weird Science

While they may not be creating a cyborg significant other, there is still a lot of “weird science” to explore this fall at Adler After Dark! Check out the latest developments in medical and space robotics with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and IIT’s Robotics Lab, nanotechnology, astronomy, and more. Learn how to control someone else’s arm with your brain (yes, you heard that right) with a special talk by Dr. Greg Gage, founder of DIY neuroscience kits Backyard Brains. And don’t miss a special show-and-tell from Friends of the Webster Institute who will be sharing odd objects from their personal collections and the weird stories that go along with them. 

Tickets are $25 at the door, or $20 in advance. Member tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance.

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Sep
15
6:00 PM18:00

Adler After Dark: Boldly Go

Celebrate fifty years of Tribbles, Klingons, Phasers, and Warp Drive, only at Adler After Dark: Boldly Go this fall! Enjoy a Romulan Ale from Ten Forward over the musical stylings of Five Year Mission, or check out the science behind Star Trek with hands-on programs exploring tractor beams, cloaking devices, replicators and more. Whether you’re a Picard or Kirk fan, challenge your fellow Trekkers in a no-holds-barred Team Trivia game, visit the bridge of the Enterprise in our Space Visualization Lab, or check out talks on the cultural impact of Trek and how the shows and movies impacted the lives and work of real scientists.  Explore brave new worlds and geek out over one of the seminal sci-fi franchises of our time only at Adler After Dark! 

Non-member tickets are $20 advanced purchase or $20 at the door.

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