Adler Planetarium and Vie

Trip Start May 16, 2013
Trip End May 25, 2013

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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I've walked by the Adler Planetarium on previous visits but I've never gone in.  I decided to give it a try this visit.  I followed the signs for parking and wound up in an underground parking lot next to Veteran's Stadium.  It turns out it's a very long walk past a lot of much cheaper parking to get to the planetarium from there.  Even more annoying was the fact that it was raining off and on.

I eventually reached the planetarium and went in.  I bought tickets to Space Junk 3D in the Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater and Welcome to the Universe and Cosmic Wonder  in the Grainger Sky Theater.  I started exploring the exhibits until it was time for the first show.

The planetarium had a lot of interesting exhibits.  Unlike many science museums, many of the displays were intended for adult audiences.  I quickly realized that I was going to have to rush to manage to see everything. 

Many of the exhibits were not what I'd expect to find in a planetarium.  For instance, they had a large collection of old, and, in many cases, historically significant, telescopes.  They also had a large collection of planetary machines, some of which were over 300 years old.  I also went into the Atwood Sphere, which was the first planetarium in Chicago when it was installed in 1913. 

In addition to the unusual exhibits, they had ones I had expected on the solar system and the universe.  I thought the exhibits were very good.

I also liked the three shows I saw.  The two theaters were both quite good and the shows were well done. 

I left Chicago and headed for Western Springs, a suburb of Chicago, for my reservation at Vie.  I met my friend from Chicago there.  We both ordered the 8-course tasting menu although I got some vegetarian substitutions. We both thought our dinner was very good. This restaurant is much different from Perrenial Virant even though they both have the same chef.

After dinner I headed for my hotel and called it a night.
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