What Chicago could have done with the space shuttle

Earlier this week, Adler Planetarium was in the running to house one of three of NASA’s retired space shuttles. If Chicago were selected as a host city, the space shuttle Enterprise would have been seen hanging in a yet-to-be constructed lakefront pavillion. Unfortunately, Chicago was passed over and the three shuttles went to Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Cape Canaveral.

A failed proposal for the shuttle's display

It would have been a big win for Adler Planetarium, but personally, I think it would have looked better hanging in the Field Museum, set up so that it looks like the T-Rex is attacking it, like something out of Jurassic Park. But here’s some other ideas on how we could have used it this summer…

Floating it down the river for St. Patrick's Day

-Fuel it up and put it to use in the Chicago Air & Water Show

-Throw some paint and confetti on it and cruise it through every Chicago parade, from St. Paddy’s Day to Pridefest

-Just tow it around Ohare airport once in awhile to mess with the tourists

See? It would have been awesome. But somehow Chicago muffed the bid just like with the 2016 Olympics. But hey, we’re bound to win something soon, hopefully the NBA title, but if not, we got dibs on the next UFO that crashes down.


  1. Tow it around at O’Hare? Hell, just tow it down Lakewhore Drive. That’d be tits.

  2. Oops, I meant *Lakeshore….Freudian slip.

  3. hell yea fuel it up and gun it past th beaches lol

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