Adler After Dark: Stellar Speakeasy 02.18.16

What is Adler After Dark?

Exclusively for adults 21+, this evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6:00-10:00 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!

Adler After Dark: Stellar Speakeasy

We’re swinging back to the Roaring ‘20s for a stellar speakeasy! Grab your best guy or gal and hit the dance floor with tunes from the Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble, sip on vintage cocktails and check out a talk by a master distiller from our friends at KOVAL Distillery. Delve into the Jazz Age culture with special programming (including a gangster or two from BYOT Productions). Experience some of the groundbreaking discoveries of the 20s & 30s firsthand through mesmerizing science demos, peek into the Adler’s world-class collection of astronomical instruments, and get creative in a cosmos-inspired Art Glass Workshop with our friends from the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust!

Don’t miss a special talk by Joy Bivins of the Chicago History Museum, who will speak on the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, and the Adler’s own curator, Pedro M. P. Raposo, DPhil, who will take guests back to Prohibition-era Chicago with some artifacts from the museum’s founding in 1930.

Don your finest flapper threads and (fox)trot on down to Adler After Dark!

What Others Say

“It’s all great fun. While I did not purchase the ticket due to the theme, I thought it was very nicely planned and very entertaining. I love viewing the planets and the using the telescopes and attending the shows and lectures. It’s the best $20 you can spend in the city.”

“As a parent, I often do not have the time during the day to visit one of my favorite museums without my children. Adler After Dark gave me an opportunity to spend an evening with my husband, explore subjects we love, and have an interactive experience (like our children enjoy at the museum). I also love the exclusive feel of the event. It is not too crowded, and the attendants have a chance to talk to the guests in small groups. It’s a great alternative/addition to the night life of Chicago.”

“It was so much fun. I went…not knowing what to expect and it was a total blast. We had a drink, danced, met some new people, got glam-rock face paint, checked out the star show and the exhibits. [It was] so much more than I thought the experience was going to be and I’m definitely interested in attending future events. I have been telling all my friends and showing them photos. Great job, it was a truly memorable experience.”


Advance Purchase
$20 General Admission/$15 Adler members

At the Door (Based on Availability)
$25 General Admission/$20 Adler members

Doane Tours
$5 General Admission/$5 Adler members

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

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