Escape the planet with exhibits about the first lunar missions, the solar system and more, plus immersive shows in the dome theater. The Doane Observatory is also home to the largest public telescope in the area, and gathers 7,000 times more light than the human eye. Every Wednesday, the Adler stays open late from 4pm-10pm so that folks can visit after work or school. And best of all, admission is free on those nights for Illinois residents.
It's the last full month of summer in Chicago, but that doesn't mean the fun is stopping anytime soon! From the annual Chicago Air and Water Show along the lakefront and Bud Billiken Parade in Bronzeville to summer festivals like Lollapalooza, Ruido Fest and Ribfest Chicago, you'll find plenty of ways to keep busy in the hazy late summer heat. Plus, don't forget to plan a couple of languid afternoons at the best Chicago beaches—Lake Michigan's often frigid water is at its warmest this month. Looking for even more ways to fill your summer days? Scroll through our list of the best things to do in Chicago this August.
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