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: 
$15 General Admission/ $10 Adler members

At the Door: 
$20 General Admission/$15 Adler members

Doane Tours:
$5 General Admission / $5 Adler members

Tickets will go on sale on Sunday, March 1 at 9 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

March 19: In Vino Cosmica 

Wine could be secret to unlocking the secrets of the Universe (at least it can’t hurt). Discover the science of the world’s oldest fermented beverage only at Adler After Dark. Chat with representatives from Kendall Jackson Family Wines, who will be talking about some of their favorite brands and styles, and learn the science and history behind organic grape-growing methods in our Biodynamics Workshop. Dr. Jeff Oishi from the American Museum of Natural History will be on hand to discuss his research on fluid dynamics (wine is a fluid, after all), and we’ll be exploring the wine-making process and organic farming in a special workshop on Biodynamics. In wine there is truth, so don’t miss out on the oeno-centric 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!

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.

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!