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 6:00-10:00 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 (weather permitting)

  • 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 a piece. 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


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

**Doane Observatory tour tickets for the 10/15 event are currently SOLD OUT.**

Upcoming Adler After Dark

October 15: Nightmare

The universe is infinite and very dark. Explore the beginning and ending(s) of our universe, only at Adler After Dark! Scientists from the Dark Energy Survey will be on to cover the raging battle between strange and mysterious forces for the fate of the cosmos (try your hand at cosmic “Tug-of-War”), attend a special panel with Fermilab scientists, or gravitationally lens yourself in our Grav Lens photobooth. If that’s too dark for you, dance to the beats of Thriller and other Halloween classics on the dance floor and meet some creepy crawlies, courtesy of our friends from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

And don’t miss a repeat performance from Terrible Spaceship, who will perform their new album—Plan 9 From Outer Space! So don your best (and scariest) costume and celebrate Halloween early this year…at Adler After Dark!

November 19: Back 2 the Future

While flying cars and hoverboards are still a few years away, 2015 is still pretty awesome. Set your time circuits and go back to the future (and beyond) at Adler After Dark.

December 17: Adler After Dark Side

There’s been an awakening. Come celebrate the long-awaited release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at a special Adler After Dark. Be there or be a nerf herder!



January 21: First Contact

It’s only a matter of time before we make first contact with an alien civilization. Explore the science of ET this winter, 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!