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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—and consider upgrading to a VIP ticket for more exclusive benefits like a VIP-only lounge, complimentary drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and more!
Live 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!



Purchase your tickets on February 1 at 9 am!

$50 per ticket

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 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

February 19: Revenge of Geek Chic

Geek Chic returns—and this time, it’s personal. On February 19, take the fastest shuttlecraft or transporter to Adler After Dark where members of 501st Stormtrooper Legion and Rebel Legion will square off for the fate of the galaxy! For you Trekkers out there, our friends from Five Year Mission returns to perform their songs based on episodes of Star Trek The Original Series (yes, there’s Tribbles). Display your true geekiness in a battle of wits at the Third Annual Geek Chic Trivia Extravaganza, and and don’t miss a special (and assuredly geeky) talk on the aliens and the science of Star Trek by Dr. Andrew Howell, a staff astronomer at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. And don’t worry if you’re a Dr. Who fan—there will be a quest to locate all 12 doctors in a scavenger hunt of truly epic proportions. So don’t be a nerf herder—teleport on down to Adler After Dark: Revenge of Geek Chic! Costumes Encouraged!

March 19: In Vino Cosmica 

Wine could be the secret to unlocking the secrets of the Universe (at least it can’t hurt). Explore the science of the world’s oldest fermented beverage, only at Adler After Dark.

April 16: Rocket Man

Sometimes it’s all about rocket science. Explore the history (and future) of human space exploration at this star-studded Adler After Dark.

May 21: Planetary Prom

Break out your dancing shoes, fluff your hair and make sure you’ve landed the perfect date—it’s your 2015 Planetary Prom!

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!