Chicago’s Proposed Museum Without Walls

More than a dozen museums across the country are trying to get their hands on a space shuttle.  When the fleet is retired this year, the superfluous spacecraft will become available for purchase by institutions.  One of those vying for a starbird is Chicago’s own Adler Planetarium (1300 South Lake Shore Drive).

Yesterday, the Adler unveiled its pavilion for displaying a space shuttle, if it gets one.  Essentially, it’s a museum without walls — only windows.  And the shuttle would hang from the ceiling.  If it’s built the way it looks, it could supplant Cloud Gate to become the next iconic Chicago post card image.

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