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Dark Sky Festival

When we went to Arizona last year on vacation, we learned a lot about light pollution.  It was the first place we had every been in a long time that at night it was truly dark out.  When you live as close to Chicago as we, you forget that people can actually see the stars in other parts of the country (actually, in other parts of the state they can see the stars — just not where I live).  When Bill’s friends came to Green Bay for my wedding, they were in awe that you could actually see the stars from my parent’s driveway.  I’ll be honest, it makes me sad that my kids won’t see the stars as I did when I was kid.

This is the purpose of the Dark Sky Festival in Harmony, Florida  –  to expose the general public to the marvels of the night sky.  We forget what we can’t see.  We forget that for astronomy you need a dark sky   — the darker the better.  Wildlife needs the dark just to survive.  We also forget that poor outdoor lighting design wastes $10 billion in energy a year.

This event is on April 25th from 6 PM – 11PM and is FREE.  Yes, free — free admission and free parking.  They do encourage you to bring blankets and chairs for lawn use in the amphitheatre area, so you can be comfortable.

I hope more communities take a stand and offer great events like this one.


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Free Museum Days in Chicagoland

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive; 312-922-7827. Free days: Oct. 6-9; Oct 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28; Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25

Art Institute of Chicago: 111 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-443-3600. All exhibits free after 5 p.m. Thursdays

Block Museum: 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston; 847-491-4000. Free

Lincoln Park Conservatory:2391 N. Stockton Drive. Free

Chicago History Museum: 1601 N. Clark St.; 312-642-4600. Mondays free

Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier: 700 E. Grand Ave.; Thursdays 5-8 p.m.: free; first Monday of every month: free for ages 15 and under

DuSable Museum of African American History:740 E. 56th Pl.; 773-947-0600. Sundays free

Field Museum: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive; 312-922-9410. Second Monday of every month free; free general admission week: Oct. 26-31

Garfield Park Conservatory: 300 N. Central Park Ave.; 773-638-1766. Sugar from the Sun (permanent exhibit); Free

Instituto Italiano di Cultura: 500 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1450; 312-822-9545, ext. 198. Free

Loyola University Museum of Art: 820 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-915-7600. Free

McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum: 445 N. Michigan Ave.; free admission through Nov. 9 in honor of the election season; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thu.-Mon., Wed.

Museum of Contemporary Art: 220 E. Chicago Ave.; 312-280-2660. Tuesdays free

National Museum of Mexican Art: 1852 W. 19th St.; 312-738-1503. Free

Museum of Science and Industry:5700 S. Lake Shore Drive; 773-684-1414. Free general admission Oct. 31 (Halloween), Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving), Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) and Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve).

Newberry Library:60 W. Walton St.; 312-255-3700. Free

Shedd Aquarium: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive; 312-939-2438. October, Mondays and Tuesdays: free general admission; November, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: free general admission

Smart Museum of Art: 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.; 773-702-0200. Free

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum:2430 N. Cannon Drive; 773-755-5100. Thursdays free

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