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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! 

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

Notice About the Doane Observatory

Please be advised that the Doane Observatory will be closed beginning on Monday, April 28, for renovations. It will be unavailable for public observing or ticketed tours until the first phase of the project concludes this October.

Learn more about the Doane Renovation

Adler After Dark tickets will go on sale on October 1 at 9 am.

Upcoming Adler After Dark

October 16: Dead Space

How deep, dark, and debilitating is the chasm of space? Find out at our Halloween extravaganza, Adler After Dark: Dead Space. Join our Dead Space Dancers to the beats of Thriller and other Halloween classics on the dance floor, churn your stomach at our Guts or Eyeballs? sensory station, or check out one of our scariest galleries with a special after-hours flashlight tour. And don’t miss a special performance by Terrible Spaceship, Chicago’s premier ambient synthetic horror pop band, as they perform their new album “Zontar: The Thing From Venus.” Don your best (and scariest costume) for our Dead Space Costume Crusade for your chance at extravagant prizes.  Celebrate Halloween early this year…only at Adler After Dark!

November 20: Galactic Gastronomy

Kick off the holiday season in style and check out some of the coolest culinary delights this side of the Milky Way—only at Adler After Dark

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.

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!


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