Private Events at the Adler Planetarium

Host your next private event at the Adler Planetarium!

Host an Event That is Out of This World

Reserve a front row seat to the Universe in one of the museum’s two domed theaters, enjoy a selection of self-directed and staff-facilitated activities, explore 60,000 square feet of exhibitions, and see the sky as you never have before through the Doane Observatory’s research-quality telescope.

The Adler features unique and beautiful spaces, great food, and a view of Chicago’s skyline that will take your breath away. Our experienced event and catering teams will help you design the perfect package to meet your needs. 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.

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Events For All Occasions

Corporate & Social Events

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.


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.

Birthday Parties

Blast off on an out-of-this-world birthday adventure at the Adler! We offer special birthday packages that are sure to bring fun for the whole family!


Pricing varies by season and party size. See below for basic package pricing. Nonprofit and small group discounts may apply.

January – March

Corporate 4 Hours $3,500
Social 5 Hours $4,000

April – November

Sundays – Thursdays $5,500
Fridays $6,000
Holidays/Saturdays $9,000


Sundays – Thursdays $5,500
Fridays $8,000
Saturdays $9,000
NYE $12,000

Small Group Rate (Under 100 Guests)

Sundays – Fridays 4 Hours $2,500


Want to make your event truly unique? Take full advantage of your Adler experience by adding a sky show, workshop, astronomy presentation, hands-on science experience, and more!

Event Spaces at the Adler Planetarium

Host your next special event in the Adler Planetarium's Solarium!

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

Host your next special event in the Adler Planetarium's Nancy A. Petrovich Skyline Terrace!

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.

Host your next special event in the Adler Planetarium's Clark Family Welcome Gallery!

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.

Host your next special event in the Adler Planetarium's Grainger Theater!

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.

Host your next special event in the Adler Planetarium's Rainbow Lobby!

Rainbow Lobby

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.

Host your next special event in the Adler Planetarium's Johnson Theater!

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.


For private event inquiries, please contact:

Michelle Holdeman


Michelle Holdeman
Director of Venue Sales
(312) 542-2428


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For birthday party inquiries, please visit our birthday party webpage.


Kathryn Ferrell


Kathryn Ferrell
Manager of Special Events & Initiatives
(312) 322-0595


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Get Inspired!

Get inspiration for your event by checking out our Pinterest page to see the unforgettable experiences we have created for clients in the past.

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