UPDATE (June 14, 2021) ON OUR CLOSURE. It is very likely, we will not be able to re-open to the public before the Fall of 2021. But, please check back over the summer at which time we hope to have better information on our re-opening plans. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you in the near future!
At this time, we are not taking any reservations until April. We plan to accept reservations during the spring, but please continue to visit our website for updates.
- 8:00 - 9:00 pm: Reservation hour only. Reservation requests received after 2 PM the day of may not be processed.
Your group will have a tour of the Observatory, and be able to look through the telescope.
- 9:00 - 10:00 pm: Walk-ins welcome.
We try to allow everyone at least one opportunity to look through the telescope, but space is limited and there is no guarantee that everyone will be able to look through the telescope if we are very crowded.
There is no fee for the Friday night observation hour, however, if you make a reservation for a group of 10 or more we require a refundable deposit which will be returned to you on the night of your visit. If you have questions or need information about viewing, please email Samantha Westlake.
Please be advised that the dome does not have heat or air conditioning so please dress appropriately. Friday night tours are held "rain or shine," although of course cloud cover affects viewing. Tours are hosted by Ph.D. students and/or undergraduate students majoring in Physics & Astronomy. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions.
Unfortunately, the Dearborn Observatory is NOT ADA-accessible. Several staircases must be climbed in order to reach the telescope.
Dearborn Observatory Address:
2131 Tech Drive
Evanston IL, 60208
CIERA Astronomer Evenings
CIERA Astronomer Evenings are special programs that take place on the last Friday of the month at the observatory. Meet astronomers from Northwestern’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics. Different experts host each month and are available to answer your astronomy questions. The evenings include a 10-minute introduction to a topic, followed by an open Q&A session and interactive demonstrations. Stop by any time during the two-hour public observing window. Children are welcome. The talks are free and open to all. No reservation is needed.Back to top