The Adler Planetarium laid off 15 full-time employees Wednesday, about 8 percent of its workforce, citing "an effort to optimize our staffing and business model," Adler President Michelle Larson said in a statement.
The layoffs were "painful" and came from throughout the institution, said Marc Lapides, vice president of business and market development. The job cuts included at least two astronomers as well as two full-time public relations staffers, he said.
The Adler also eliminated about 8 percent of its staff in 2013. The current total employment, after Wednesday's layoffs, is about 195 positions, Lapides said.
Revenues and attendance have been...