Private Events at the Adler Planetarium
Named “Best Holiday Party Venue” by Illinois Meetings and Events magazine in 2015 and “Best Event Space 2015” by the Illinois chapter of Hospitality Sales and Marketing International! And Condé Nast Traveler listed us as one of the 14 most beautiful wedding venues in the US while Brides magazine named us as one of the “Best Venues in America.” Interested in celebrating a birthday at the Adler? Visit our Birthday Parties page to learn more!
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The Adler offers unique and beautiful spaces, great food, and a view of Chicago’s skyline that will take your breath away. Whether you’re hosting a seated event for 50 people or a reception for 1,200, your guests will be dazzled by the city lights, the excellent service, and the wonders of the Universe.
For private events inquiries, please contact:
Director of Venue Sales
Come for the skyline. Stay for the science. The view of Chicago’s skyline from the museum is reason enough to get your corporate guests out of the uninspiring hotel conference room. But did you know the Adler is the only private event space in Chicago that invites corporate guests to embrace their inner explorer? Help your guests unlock their creative potential and critical thinking skills with hands-on science activities or a mind-expanding sky show!
Weddings, Engagements, and Private Parties
On your special day, the Universe should revolve around you! With an award-winning view of Chicago’s skyline and the entire known Universe as your stage, the Adler is the perfect backdrop for your special event. Our experienced staff will work with you to design a menu and set the mood for your celebration, whether it’s a cocktail party or a wedding reception.
Event Spaces at the Adler Planetarium
Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Solarium
Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Lake Michigan and Chicago’s magnificent skyline, making the Solarium the premier event space at the Adler and the most spectacular backdrop for any occasion. Included with the booking of the Solarium are the adjacent terraces to enhance the experience.
Photo Credit: Avery House
Nancy A. Petrovich Skyline Terrace
Take in the iconic Chicago skyline and enjoy the open air on the Skyline Terrace. This scenic spot is perfect for cocktails, ceremonies, and people-watching.
Clark Family Welcome Gallery
This one-of-a-kind venue for cocktails or an intimate dinner features futuristic architecture and colorful lighting that can be customized for any occasion.
Grainger Sky Theater
Under the soaring 36-foot domed ceiling of the Adler’s premier sky theater, your guests will be completely immersed in your event. Ideal for a seated dinner, cocktail or lounge area, dance floor, or presentation, the Grainger Sky Theater provides an experience your guests won’t soon forget.
When afternoon sunlight streams through its prismatic doors, the Rainbow Lobby lights up with a cascade of little rainbows. Use the area for cocktails or as a colorful prelude to your event.
Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater
It’s no coincidence that Adler scientists use this space to explore astronomy topics with the general public—the Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater is the perfect setting for a lecture or presentation.