Adler Planetarium

Adler After Dark

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

Exclusively for adults, this 21+ evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6-10 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 that special someone on a date they’ll never forget!

What’s Included?

  • Full access and admission to museum exhibits and galleries

  • Unlimited sky shows in our 3 state-of-the-art theaters

  • Special guests and lectures

  • Stellar hands-on educational programs

  • Access to the Doane Observatory

  • Live entertainment

  • The best view of the skyline from anywhere in Chicago!

Please note that ticketed tours of the Doane Observatory can be added to your General Admission ticket for $5.00 apiece. Cocktails and other alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the event bars. Entrée items and snacks are available for purchase at Café Galileo’s.

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



Purchase Your Tickets

Advance Purchase: 
$20 General Admission/ $15 Adler members

At the Door: 
$25 General Admission/ $20 Adler members

Doane Tours:
$5 General Admission / $5 Adler members


Please be aware that tickets at the door are limited!

Doane Observatory tour tickets are available in limited quantity and sell out quickly. Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are always scheduled after sunset. 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

June 18: Close Encounters

Are we alone? The chances of us finding an Earth-like planet are growing every day—maybe they’re watching us right now. Come explore the science of ET and the hunt for new worlds at Adler After Dark. Carl Sagan Fellow Dr. Sarah Ballard will sharing her work searching for exoplanets with the Kepler mission in a special lecture, along with other scientists in a panel looking at how common (or rare) life may be in the universe. Channel your inner Mulder and Scully by making your own UFO, help us search for new planets around other stars, decipher an alien language with a one-night-only scavenger hunt, and enjoy the Chicago skyline—drink in hand—at the best after-hours museum party this side of the Milky Way.

The truth is out there…

July 16: Save Pluto!

The New Horizons spacecraft is quickly approaching Pluto and will fly by the dwarf planet on Tuesday, July 14. Come celebrate our first visit to this unexplored world and join the debate with us—is Pluto a planet or not?

August 20: Build It

We’re born makers. From Lego rockets to high-tech spacecraft, building things is in our blood. Come explore your creative side at this hands-on Adler After Dark!


September 17: Game On

From board games to video games and beyond (including some high tech games on the dome). We're pulling out all the stops for this game-changing 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!