Lake Geneva Yerkes ObservatoryManaged by the University of Chicago Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Yerkes Observatory has been in operation since 1897, with the primary mission of observing and measuring stellar motion through a variety of telescopes, including a 40-inch refractor. The Observatory is located on 77 acres of parkland, a perfect setting for a picnic in warm weather. If visiting during the winter, know that the temperature inside is about the same as that outside and dress appropriately.
Prices -Saturday tours are free ($8 per person suggested donation). Weekday tours are $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-17.
Hours -Saturdays tours start at 10am, 11am and noon. Weekday tour times vary. The complete tour schedule is listed on their website: http://astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes/index.html
- Evening observing sessions
- Free Saturday tours
- Wedding ceremonies & corporate events
- Quester Museum
- Time & space exhibits
- Guided observatory tours
- Gift shop