Free Doane Observatory at Dusk. The Doane is being replaced with a new telescope. Check back. First I read that they were replacing it but then I was told that it is still open. According to this Suntimes article it clearly is not. I sent another email and never heard back.
The Doane Observatory is open for free on select days and now it’s open at night! Day viewing of the Sun and moon can be great but night viewing (if it’s clear out) can be even better. FYI the Doane has no heat or A/C so dress accordingly.
Where: Adler Planetarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, 312-922-7827. Call to confirm it is open. Doane is located at the back of the Planetarium on the Lakefront Trail (see image below). Personally I wouldn’t ride down the trail at night. A better option is to take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus and get off at the last stop which is at the Adler. Walk around the right side and then to the left.
2019 Doane at Dusk Schedule
|2/22/19 – CANCELLED||7:00–8:30 pm|
About Doane Observatory
Visit the largest telescope available to the public in the Chicagoland area. The Doane Observatory is located east of the Adler’s main building along the Lakefront Trail. With its 20-inch (0.5 m) diameter mirror, the Doane can gather over 5,000 times more light than an unaided human eye, allowing you to see celestial objects like the Moon, planets, stars, and galaxies that are trillions of miles away.
At Doane at Dusk, guests will enjoy nighttime telescope viewings and related discussions with Adler Astronomers after museum hours.
Note: Doane at Dusk is weather permitting; please follow us on Twitter @AdlerPlanet for updates!
Also, if capacity issues require, we reserve the right to close the guest line prior to the stated end time of the event so those ahead of that point can get into the Observatory by event’s end.