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From journal Long Windy Weekend in Chicago
August 23, 2003
The Adler has two full-size planetarium theaters, with interesting programs that are a terrific way to introduce youngsters to astronomy. The exterior dome is 88 feet in diameter, and its accompanying interior projection dome is 68 feet in diameter. A projection device that looks like a weird elongated spaceship conducts the programs on the projection screen. I still remember going to the Adler as a little boy on school field trips and lying back in my seat for swirling images of the heavens above. The Sky Pavilion, which debuted in 1998, is an addition with a popular interactive theater called StarRider.
Collections at the Adler include ancient telescopes, meteorites, displays of our solar system, and space-themed artworks. The oldest scientific instrument in its collection is a 12th Century Persian astrolabe, a device that does a multitude of tasks like act as a compass as well as predict sunrise and sunset times. Kids may enjoy trying on some costumes based on historical garb.
The Doane Observatory, completed in 1977, houses a powerful telescope at the east end of the peninsula. If you are visiting the Planetarium, try and walk over to the ivy-covered pavilion for great views of the surrounding lakefront, even without the aid of a powerful telescope! Since the Adler juts out on a pier, the relatively isolated grassy areas that ring the outside of the Planetarium are gathering spots for passionate couples and other heavenly bodies.
The Infinity Gift Shop has a selection of space-themed gifts and trinkets. There are a few vending machines on the lower level with a few not-so-cheap snacks. In an attempt to keep up with the Joneses, the Adler Planetarium will be open late on the first Friday of every month, with the promotion nicknamed Far Out Fridays.
From journal Bill at home in CHICAGO - Activities
January 25, 2001
My favorite place at the Adler is the Zeiss Sky show where you recline in the chairs so your vision is filled by scenes above you on the dome. The lights dim,and anticipation fills the room as voices hush.... and there you are...rising from Chicago at night and traveling with the hubble telescope through the MIlky way Galaxy in total comfort ! Zip past Venus without a single bout of nausea !
There are several exhibit rooms where there are hands-on displays when you are finished in the theaters.
I must comment on the unusual design of this building which was built in 1930.
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From journal My Kind of Town