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Adler After Dark at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago

 

The Adler Planetarium opened to the public on May 12, 1930. Designed by architect Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr., he was awarded the gold medal of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1931 was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

 

“The Adler Planetarium welcomed 568,814 guests in 2016; an attendance number not seen since 1993 when the museum was free. Led by President & CEO Michelle B. Larson, PhD, the Adler has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years fueled by enhanced and reimagined guest experiences in every aspect of the museum. In 2015, The Adler broke the 550,000 visitors mark for the first time in 22 years with attendance up over 22 percent from 2014.”

The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories. This lakeside observatory is the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.

The largest of Adler’s domed theaters, the Grainger Sky Theater, offers audiences unique shows using the most immersive, technologically enhanced theater experience ever developed for a planetarium. The Adler’s second domed theater, the Definiti Theater takes audiences on a spectacular journey in any one of its featured shows using an all-digital projection system. The Adler’s newly redesigned Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater allows audiences to the chance to see one incomparable show in dazzling, high definition 3D. The one-of-a-kind sky show experience just got even more spectacular with the installation of new 8K resolution projector systems in its Grainger Sky Theater and Definiti Space Theaters.

Check out Adler After Dark:

Exclusively for adults 21+, this evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6:00–10:00 pm (6:30–10:30 pm May-August events). With themes that change every month, Adler After Dark is never the same event twice. Reinvent your Adler experience every month with friends, family, or that special someone on a date they’ll never forget!

What’s Included?

  • Full access and admission to museum exhibits and galleries
  • Unlimited sky shows in our 3 state-of-the-art theaters
  • Special guests and lectures
  • Stellar hands-on educational programs
  • Access to the Doane Observatory (weather permitting)
  • Live entertainment
  • The best view of the skyline from anywhere in Chicago!

Please note that ticketed tours of the Doane Observatory can be added to your General Admission ticket for $5.00 a piece. Cocktails and other alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the event bars. Entrée items and snacks are available for purchase at Café Galileo’s.

Tickets

Advance Purchase: 
$20 General Admission/ $15 Adler members

At the Door (Based on Availability):
$25 General Admission/ $20 Adler members

Doane Tours:
$8 General Admission / $8 Adler members

Doane Observatory tour tickets are available in limited quantity and sell out quickly. Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are always scheduled after sunset. Tours are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions.

Please be aware that event capacity is limited and likely to sell out. Purchase your tickets online before the day of the event as tickets may not be available at the door. Check back for up-to-date ticket availability details. For group (15 or more) or corporate booking, please contact groups@adlerplanetarium.org. Please bring your photo ID on the day of the event.

Upcoming Adler After Dark Events

Read more at http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/adler-after-dark/#dEWZpxuiSe2uLiDc.99

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Happy Birthday Chicago!

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Happy Birthday Chicago! Uncork your favorite bottle of wine or champagne and toast to Chicago’s 178th birthday was held on March 4, 2015. Crank up your iPhone as you listen to Frank Sinatra sing “My Kind of Town“; originally part of the musical score for Robin and the 7 Hoods, a 1964 musical film starring several members of the Rat Pack.

Cover of "Robin and the Seven Hoods"

Cover of Robin and the Seven Hoods

Chicago is famous for many things including gangsters like Al Capone and the city definitely has some offers that you can’t refuse:

Chicago is also famous for sports teams: Bears, Bulls, Hawks, Cubs and Sox. We have had pretty good record for start-ups: Kraft, Motorola, Baxter, Sara Lee and don’t forget Groupon just to name a few.

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We have plenty of famous politicians including: 2 Mayor Daleys and President Barack Obama.

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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

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Chicago is home to a plethora of superlatives: our higher learning institutons are world-class with some of the best business schools in the world like University of Chicago and Northwestern. The city is brimming with world-class chefs and we have some of the best restaurants in the world like Charlie Trotters and Alinea.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods with distinctive architecture and ethnic roots.

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But one or our most endearing and enduring blessings is our world-class architecture! Generally, to celebrate Chicago’s birthday, some of her architectural shining stars will turn blue including:

the Willis Tower, the Trump Tower, the Merchandise Mart and the Prudential Building.

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Chicago‘s Columbian Exposition in the 1890’s spawned a flourishing legacy of global architectural pre-eminence and outstanding architecture in Chicago. Daniel Burnham’s passion for Beaux Arts priniciples of design generated a flurry of world-class structures. Chicago architects and structural engineers are still staking claims to global architectural marvels.

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Much of new classical research was conducted at the University of Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Bill Baker is a structural engineer who works at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill‘s (SMO) Chicago office in the landmark, 17 story Sante Fe Building. He can be credited with more supertall buildings of over 1000 feet than any other structural engineer in the world including the Trump Tower. The “Burl Khalifa” in Dubai is world’s tallest building at 160 stories. It is almost twice as tall as the building formerly known as the Sears Tower in Chicago. Bill was instrumental in designing The Burl with architect Adrian Smith at SMO.

Two of my favorite vintage buildings include the majestic Wrigley Building and the Gothic Revival Tribune building located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River.

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The distinctive clock tower of the Wrigley Building reminds me of Big Ben in London. There are 250,000 glistening glazed terra cotta tiles covering the classical structure that was completed in 1924 by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. Quite appropriate for the great “White City.” The beautiful neo-gothic Tribune Tower is across the street from the Wrigley building. The 26 foot Sculpture of Marilyn Monroe is next to the Tribune Tower.

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I love the juxtaposition of the classic architecture with the modern architecture of buildings like the sleek Trump Tower. There’s a great view of the Wrigley Clock from Trump’s 16th floor restaurant aptly named “Sixteen.” They have an outstanding Sunday Brunch so why not celebrate Chicago’s Birthday party there!

Chicago Architecture

Chicago is a mecca for world-class museums, restaurants and hotels with plenty of “Vino con Vista” opportunities. The Michelin Guide for Chicago was released in November 2011.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites

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Chicago Magazine’s Social Media Cocktail Challenge

Chicago Magazine staff and DuChamp’s mixologist Kris von Dopek will offer cocktails from “The Discerning Drinker’s Guide to Chicago” Issue of the Magazine.

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WHEN: Wednesday, February 8,2012

WHERE: Duchamp at 2118 N. Damen in Chicago

You can submit a cocktail recipe for this event.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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