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Adler After Dark

Looking for the perfect date night? Want exclusive museum access?

Exclusively for adults, this 21+ evening event offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6 to 10 pm. With themes that change every month, Adler After Dark is never the same event twice. Reinvent your Adler experience every month with friends, family, or a special date they’ll never forget.

Music, multiple bars, and the best views of Chicago’s skyline round out the night.

The votes are in and the hands-down winner is Adler After Dark. What are you waiting for? Book your tickets today! 

VIP Package

The Best Ticket in Town

There's no better way to experience Adler After Dark then as VIP. With express admission, hors d'oeuvres, a private lounge with your own bartender, guaranteed seating in a Grainger Sky Theater show and more, the VIP Ticket makes for a perfect date night or birthday celebration—whether you're a repeat visitor or a first timer. These tickets will be limited, and will sell out fast. 

Please note, the designated show for the Adler After Dark VIP Experience is Cosmic Wonder at 7:30 pm. Please be in the Clark Family Welcome Gallery by 7:20 pm to ensure a smooth seating process for all guests. 

We will be hosting a VIP-exclusive wine tasting and raffling off an Avant 12-Bottle Wine Fridge in the VIP Star Lounge on December 18, courtesy of Jackson Family Fine Wines. Purchase your VIP tickets today!



Advance Purchase: 

$15 General Admission/ $10 Adler members

At the Door: 

$20 General Admission/$15 Adler members

Doane Tours:

$5 General Admission / $5 Adler members

Purchase your advance tickets today!

Doane Observatory tour tickets are available in limited quantity and sell out quickly. Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are always scheduled after sunset (when "open house" hours have ended). Tours are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. 

Please be aware that event capacity is limited and likely to sell out. Purchase your tickets online before the day of the event as tickets may not be available at the door. Check back for up-to-date ticket availability details. For group (15 or more) or corporate booking, please contact

Upcoming Adler After Dark

December 18: Santa Saves Mars

It’s the most wonderful time of year, and there’s no better place to get into the holiday spirit—or take a break from the holiday madness—than Adler After Dark. We’re screening—and riffing—the 1964 classic, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, often considered one of the worst films ever made. Don’t miss the chance to meet the jolly old elf at the Dirty Santa Photo Booth, immersive yourself in a winter wonderland in The World’s Largest Snow Globe in the Grainger Sky Theater, and get artsy with our holiday craft station. So grab a glass of eggnog, don your most festive holiday sweater, and head down to Adler After Dark.

VIPs! We will be hosting a VIP-exclusive wine tasting and raffling off an Avant 12-Bottle Wine Fridge in the VIP Star Lounge on December 18, courtesy of Jackson Family Fine Wines. Purchase your VIP tickets today!

Plan your night with December's Adler After Dark schedule

January 15: The End

Is it the end of the world or just a typical Chicago winter? We're exploring all things apocalypse, so come learn more about your impending doom at Adler After Dark.


February 19: Revenge of Geek Chic

There's no better time to be a geek—and no better place to celebrate geekdom—than Adler After Dark. Be there or be a nerf herder! 

March 19: In Vino Cosmica 

Wine could be the secret to unlocking the secrets of the Universe (at least it can’t hurt). Explore the science of the world’s oldest fermented beverage, only at Adler After Dark.

Chicago Reader's "Best After-Hours Museum Event" 


Chicago Reader named Adler After Dark Chicago's "Best After-Hours Museum Event" for 2013. With the best view of the Chicago skyline, open access to the museum, and unique entertainment, Adler After Dark is the place to be!