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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.

For one night only a month, the Adler’s Doane Observatory is exclusively open for Adler After Dark guests. This tour of Chicago’s largest public telescope is not to be missed and sells out every month. 

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

Doane Tours: 

$5 General Admission/ $5 Adler members
Doane Observatory tours are available as an add-on ticket for an additional $5.00 after the 'Shopping Cart' page. Tickets are available in limited quantity and sell out quickly. Tours of the Doane Observatory 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. 

Upcoming Adler After Dark

May 15: Terra Firma

We’re going way back at Adler After Dark in May! From Mesopotamia to Egypt and beyond, ancient peoples created their own mythologies and stories about the universe. Join the Adler and the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago as we explore 3,000 years of history and modern scientific breakthroughs with special lectures, programs, and more. And make sure to catch a sneak peek of the new sky show, Destination Solar System, which will premier to the public of Friday, May 16! Kick of your summer early with a whirlwind tour of the cosmos and beyond, only at Adler After Dark.

June 19: Planetary Prom

Looking for that perfect summer night out? Look no further than Adler After Dark, where we will be featuring the new sky show, Destination Solar System.

July 17: Superhero Science

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's…science! Explore the science behind superhero powers and their real-life applications while taking in the best view of Chicago, drink in hand. 

Chicago Reader's "Best Evening Museum Event" 


Chicago Reader named Adler After Dark Chicago's "Best Evening 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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