Please support the newly founded YERKES FUTURE FOUNDATION (YFF)
Yerkes Future Foundation YFF has been created to work with the university of Chicago regarding the transfer of ownership of Yerkes Observatory.
On May 1st, YFF submitted an Expression of Interest to the University of Chicago regarding the transfer of ownership of Yerkes Observatory to a Foundation called Yerkes Forward Foundation. The EOI was a high level proposal with a vision to “protect, preserve, enhance and expand” the Observatory, keep it open to the public, develop its educational outreach and research capabilities while at the same time respecting the Village’s expectations. They are also looking to restore the grounds to the original Olmsted Brothers design.
The EOI was reviewed and now we will be developing an extensive plan for full University Board review. We will have access to information from the University regarding operating costs, staffing, capital needs, etc. Based on what we submit and any other proposals they receive, the University will select one and, hopefully, it will be ours.