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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 6:30 to 10:30 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! 

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



Advance Purchase: 

$15 General Admission/ $10 Adler members

At the door: 

$20 General Admission/$15 Adler members

Notice About the Doane Observatory

Please be advised that the Doane Observatory will be closed beginning on Monday, April 28, for renovations. It will be unavailable for public observing or ticketed tours until the first phase of the project concludes this October.

Learn more about the Doane Renovation

Adler After Dark is sold out! Check back on September 1, at 9 am to purchase tickets to the next Adler After Dark.

Upcoming Adler After Dark

August 21: Space Oddity

Ground control to Major Tom…Channel your inner David Bowie at Adler After Dark! Get your glitter and glam on as we explore the intersections of art, science, and music. Learn more about our strange cosmos with a special panel, From Voorwerps to Black Holes: Our Odd Universe, or get down with Bowie Ball DJ, Heaven Malone.  Keep those glittery eyes open and go on our Intergalactic Bowie Scavenger Hunt and find the Goblin King dancing in the stars. So channel your inner rock star this summer, only at Adler After Dark.

Plan your evening with our Adler After Dark schedule. Schedule is subject to change. 

September 18: Hops n' Bots

Can you think of anything cooler than beer and robots? We couldn't either. Check out some cutting-edge robot technology over a local craft brew, only at Adler After Dark

October 16: Dead Space

How deep and dark and debilitating is the chasm of space?  Find out at our Halloween dance party, with beats and thrills to bring the dead to life.

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!


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