Adler Planetarium

Annual Fund

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Inspire the Future

Inspire wonder in over 500,000 visitors and school children each year and join the Annual Fund. Annual Fund membership support enables the Adler to deliver innovative programs and experiences, conduct scientific research, engage teens and early-learners, offer educators training and support, and conserve a world-class collection. Annual Fund member contributions of $250 and above are fully tax-deductible, and members receive exclusive benefits. 

Annual Fund Memberships


Features all the benefits of a Family Plus membership for 6 adults and up to 6 children, PLUS:

  • Invitations to Annual Fund donor events
  • Exclusive "President's Coffee" invitations
  • Invitations to VIP events including show premieres
  • Recognition in the Annual Honor Roll of Donors

$250 - $499 




Features all the benefits of a Venus membership for 8 adults and up to 6 children, including invitations to Annual Fund donor events, "President's Coffee" invitations, exhibition openings, and show premieres, PLUS:

  • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, including the Doane Observatory, upon request
  • Reserved show tickets (with advance notice, based on availability) 

$500 - $999 



The Alan B. Shepard Society

Features all the benefits of a Mars membership, PLUS:

  • Invitations to exclusive Shepard Society events with scientists and experts including the Shepard Society annual dinner
  • Voting privileges at the Annual Meeting 

Learn more about the Alan B. Shepard Society

$1,000 and above



Matching Gifts

Matching gifts can double the impact of your gift to the Adler! Check with your human resources department to see if your company has a matching gifts program. For more information about matching gifts, please contact the Advancement Office at 312.322.0332 or

Leave a Legacy

For more information on leaving a legacy at the Adler by making a planned or deferred gift, or to learn about The Max and Sophie Adler Society, please contact the Advancement Office at 312.322.0332 or

For more information on the Annual Fund or to join, please contact the Advancement Office at 312-322-0332 or e-mail



To contribute

Please, fax/mail this completed form (PDF) to 312.583.0256 or:

Adler Planetarium
Advancement Office
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605