Make your wedding, corporate meeting,
or family reunion truly memorable.

The day you’ve dreamed about (only better!)

Plan the wedding of your dreams on our luxuriant south lawn with the trees of Forest Hill and the Observatory’s famous steps as your backdrop. Hold your rehearsal dinner in one of the building’s stately halls. Family reunions, special birthday parties, wedding or baby showers are welcome, too!

A prestigious setting for corporate gatherings

Yerkes Observatory is an ideal environment for company meetings, receptions, and celebrations of all kinds. We offer a variety of spaces—both inside and on the grounds—for gatherings up to 500 outdoors and 100 indoors. Food and beverage service can be arranged with our preferred providers.

Keep Yerkes open for a new generation of explorers

Help us continue
the legacy.

More than a century ago a determined founder, masterful architect, skilled trades workers, diligent engineers and inventive entrepreneurs built Yerkes. Visionary scientists put it on the galaxy’s map. A dedicated group of locals saved Yerkes for future generations. And now we look to you. Please consider becoming a contributor and friend of Yerkes Observatory. Your participation means everything.

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Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.