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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. Tickets to the Doane Observatory are sold out!

Purchase your tickets today!

Upcoming Adler After Dark

April 17: Geek Chic 2.0

Geek Chic strikes back! On April 17, 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, Five Year Mission will be performing their songs based on episodes of Star Trek The Original Series (yes, there’s Tribbles). Display your geekiness in a battle of wits at the Second Annual Geek Chic Trivia Extravaganza, and get your photo snapped in our TARDIS photobooth. Also, don’t miss a special lecture by Roosevelt University Professor Gary K. Wolfe, who will be sharing his insights on some classic works in sci-fi. And just like last year, we're encouraging anyone and everyone to come in costume! So don’t be a nerf herder—teleport on down to Adler After Dark: Geek Chic 2.0. 

Program schedule for April 17 (Please note: this schedule is subject to change. Please check back periodically for the most recent schedule) (PDF)

May 15: Terra Firma

On May 15, join the Oriental Institute and the Adler as we explore the historical roots of astronomy and how different cultures have viewed the heavens. 

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.

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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