ON Earth Day, April 22, 2017 . . . One Film, One Chicago.

Join us for an official city of Chicago Earth Day event.

In the spirit of the March for Science, engage in on-screen science. JOIN the City of Chicago, WBEZ Chicago, Redfin, The Nature Conservancy, and One Earth Film Festival for FREE film screenings of The City Dark (see trailer below) in our city's museums and park districts. The film and brief post-film program will focus on our human connection to the everyday science of light and our living planet, and explore ways city-dwellers can live in harmony with nature.

Some screenings will include sky observations by telescope. Many film screening venues will have additional Earth Day celebrations as well; see below for details.

Seating is limited; reservations strongly suggested. Reserve your seat now to one of 4 remaining available screenings of The City Dark listed below.

FILM DESCRIPTION: Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America's brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Blending a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, The City Dark provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars.

Pullman National Monument
Information Center
11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Post-film program includes Q&A with Dan Joyce, past president of Chicago Astronomical Society and writer for the astronomy portion of Tom Skilling’s weather page in The Chicago Tribune. Mike Shymanski of Historic Pullman Foundation will also make remarks.

Chicago Park District
Clarendon Park Community Center
4501 N. Clarendon Ave., Chicago
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Post-film program includes Q&A with Amundsen High School students who presented "Starry Chicago" at Aspen Ideas Festival; and Tony Harris, President of Chicago Astronomical Society. Michael Brown of the Chicago Park District will also make welcome remarks.

Also enjoy Clarendon Park's Earth Day Cleanup and Celebration from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Details here

Chicago Park District
Garfield Park Gold Dome

100 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Post-film program includes Q&A with Anna Markowski, Community Projects Manager, Elevate Energy; Joseph Glynn, affiliate of Chicago Astronomical Society and  International Dark Sky Association; and Annette Prince, Director, the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. Karen Craig of Garfield Park Advisory Council will also make a remark.

Also enjoy Garfield Park Gold Dome's Earth Day Cleanup and Celebration from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Details here.


Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lakeshore Dr., Chicago
Samuel C. Johnson Star Theatre
4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22.       Arrive early, at 3:30P, for telescope observations! 

Post-film program includes Q&A with Dr. Andrew Johnston, Vice President of Astronomy & Collections, Adler Planetarium; and Chris Wheat, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago Mayor's Office.

Precede your screening attendance with Adler's Earthfest from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Details here.

Chicago Park District
Jackson Park

6401 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Post-film program includes welcome remarks by Michael Strautmanis, Vice President of Civic Engagement at The Barack Obama Foundation; Q&A with Naomi Davis, President and Founder of Blacks in Green and Louise McCurry from the Jackson Park Advisory Council. Audrey Fischer of the Chicago Astronomical Society/International Dark-Sky Association will also be present.