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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

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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. 

Purchase your Adler After Dark VIP tickets!



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
Doane tickets are sold out! 

Tickets are no longer available online. They can be purchased at the door.

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

November 20: Galactic Gastronomy

What do you get when you mix science, culture, and food? An unforgettable evening of galactic gastronomy—only at Adler After Dark! Enjoy the musical stylings of Fifth House Ensemble, Chicago’s dynamic narrative chamber music group, and learn more about Chicago’s culinary (and sustainability) renaissance with special partners SHE Cocktail Consulting, The Violet Hour, Green City Market, Chicago Market Coop, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and Foodseum. Each of these organizations will be showcasing their unique products and services for guests, so don’t miss this one-of-kind merger of Chicago gastronomic greats and science at Adler After Dark.

Experience Adler After Dark as a VIP! Our exclusive VIP ticket package, which includes express admission, hors d’oeuvres, guaranteed show seating, and more, will debut at Adler After Dark: Galactic Gastronomy on November 20. Get your VIP tickets today!

Plan your evening by downloading this month's Adler After Dark schedule

December 18: Santa Saves Mars

You heard that right. We're screening Santa Clause Conquers the Martians—Mystery Science Theater-style—and celebrating all the campiness and fun of the holiday season.

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! 

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!