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 6-10 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!
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

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

(Tickets for the April 16 event will be available on Wednesday, April 1 at 9:00 am.)

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

Upcoming Adler After Dark

April 16: Rocket Man

It’s all rocket science and Elton John at Adler After Dark. Explore the history (and future) of human space exploration, and explore the newly-renovated Mission Moon gallery that chronicles the journey of Captain Jim Lovell and the American space program from its infancy through Apollo. Try your hand at rocket science in a special one-time-only “Rocket Races” program, and check out the frontier of exploration with a special lecture on the MAVEN mission to Mars by Dr. Jared Espley from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. So channel your inner rocket scientist (and your inner Elton John) at 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!

June 18: Close Encounters

Are we alone? The chances of us finding an Earth-like planet are growing every day—maybe they’re watching us right now. Come explore the science of ET and the hunt for new worlds at Adler After Dark.

July 16: Save Pluto!

The New Horizons spacecraft is quickly approaching Pluto and will fly by the dwarf planet on Tuesday, July 14. Come celebrate our first visit to this unexplored world and join the debate with us—is Pluto a planet or not?

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!