CHICAGO (CBS) – Two icons of Chicago culture, The Adler Planetarium and The Field Museum, have been tightening budgets and refocusing missions. The Adler recently cut 15 staff positions and next year, 18 positions will be eliminated at The Field, mostly through attrition.
Have the museums fallen on hard times? No, say the leaders of both institutions during an appearance on WBBM Newsradio’s At Issue program.
“We are in the process of adjusting the size of our entire enterprise to a more realistic budget in light of the stresses and strains that we’ve gone through just like every other institution in town and every other business in town,” says Richard Lariviere, President and CEO, The Field Museum.