Adler Planetarium

Private Event Rentals

Chicago Skyline

Host Your Next Event at the Adler

With breathtaking skyline views, the Adler Planetarium is a unique and memorable Chicago venue for your private event. Whether an event seated for 50 or a reception for 1,200, your guests will be dazzled by everything the Adler has to offer.

Event Spaces

Café Galileo's

Be awe-inspired by the panoramic view of the Chicago skyline from Café Galileo’s. Café Galileo’s features floor to ceiling windows making it the premiere event space at the Adler. The Terraces are included with the rental of Cafe Galileo's.

Square Footage
3,700 sq ft

325 – Seated Dinner with Dance Floor 
375 – Seated Dinner 
475 – Cocktail Reception
1200 – Standing Reception


Clark Family Welcome Gallery

The Gallery features futuristic architecture and colorful lighting, creating a one-of-a-kind venue for cocktails or an intimate dinner.

Square Footage
2,822 sq ft

80 – Seated Dinner
150 – Cocktail Reception (300 in conjunction with the Rainbow Lobby)


Grainger Sky Theater

With a domed ceiling stretching 36 feet high, the Grainger Sky Theater offers your guests a truly unique 360-degree experience for a seated dinner, cocktail or lounge area, dancing or a presentation.

Square Footage
4,070 sq ft

199 – Seated Dinner or Theater Seating
490 – Cocktail Reception

Rainbow Lobby

The Adler’s Rainbow Lobby, named for the rainbows created by afternoon sunlight through its prism doors, is a regal entrance for any party. Use the area for cocktails or as a grand entrance.

Square Footage
1,400 sq ft

150 – Cocktail Reception (300 in conjunction with the Clark Family Welcome Gallery) 


Enjoy unparalleled views of Chicago’s skyline from the North Terrace and Sundial Plaza. The terraces provide a scenic spot for cocktails, wedding ceremonies or just observing the city’s world famous skyline.

Square Footage
899 sq ft – North Terrace
3,600 sq ft – Sundial Plaza

500 – Cocktail Reception


Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater

Our newly renovated Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater is the perfect setting for a lecture or presentation. 

239 – Theater Seating



Food For Thought is the exclusive catering partner of the Adler Planetarium. For 30 years, delicious food and gracious hospitality have been the driving principles behind Food For Thought.   Each menu and every event is customized during a planning process that is exciting, individualized, and creative. We invite you to prepare for the experience...Imaginative presentation, irresistible flavors, flawless execution and alluring events.

For more information on catering, please view our sample Corporate and Wedding event menus.


Pricing ranges from $5,500 - $9,000.  We are happy to offer non-profit organizations a 30% discount off our standard pricing for event above 100 guests.  The venue fee for events with 100 guests or fewer on Monday through Thursday evenings is $2,500.

Please contact your sales consultant for information on insurance requirements.

There is a 150 minimum guest count on Saturday’s from June through October.  Pricing is subject to change.

Additional Services

Enhance your event with features only the Adler can provide.  Treat your guests to a show in the Grainger Sky Theater or Definiti Space Theater, telescope viewing on our terraces or in the Doane Observatory,  or custom logo projection in the Clark Family Welcome Gallery. Inspire your guests with one of exhibitions, or visit our gift shop. We can help you to create a truly unique entertaining experience for you and your guests. Contact your sales consultant for more information.

The Knot's "Best of Wedding Venues"


Book Your Wedding at the Adler named the Adler Planetarium as one of the "Best of Wedding Venues" for 2013.  With an award-winning view of the Chicago skyline and unique spaces, the Adler provides a memorable venue for your wedding or any private event.