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Special Events


After School Teen Hangouts

Join us to hang out and learn some new skills in science, engineering, and digital media. We have wifi, laptops, tablets, and other tech equipment available for you to work on projects or homework, explore some exciting tools, or just meet some new friends! 

Learn more about our Teen After School Hangouts

Wednesdays, September 17, September 24, October 1, 4-7 pm

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Adler After Dark

Enjoy cocktails against the award-winning view of the Chicago skyline seen only from the Adler. Enjoy Adler's exhibitions or experience one of our immersive sky shows. Each month, Adler After Dark themes change to offer you a new and exciting experience. Must be 21+ to attend.

Learn more about Adler After Dark.

Thursday, September 18, 6-10 pm

Teacher Professional Development

Join us for our Fall Space Explorers Club professional development sessions to learn how you can lead your Chicago Public School 6th through 8th grade after school club through eight weeks of inquiry based lessons and activities.

Learn more about Teacher Professional Development

September 20-21, & September 27-28, 9 am-3 pm


Sun Salutations
(and Stars too)

Back by popular demand! Start your weekend off right with an inspiring Vinyasa Flow yoga class from Yoga By Degrees in the Adler’s Grainger Sky Theater. Discover the added balance and strength that immersion in the constellations brings!

Learn more about Sun Salutations.

Saturdays, October 4, November 1, December 6, 8:30-9:30 am

"Fall" into Learning at Young Explorers Mondays!

Join us for a special Young Explorers Monday with Clifford the Big Red Dog! He will be sharing his adventures at the Stories Under the Stars program and will be taking photos with explorers ages 2-6 and their families. Young Explorers Mondays are free with general admission.

Learn more about Fall into Learning.

Monday, October 6, 9:30 am-1 pm


Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party

In the early morning hours of October 8, the Earth will block the Sun’s light from reaching the moon resulting in a lunar eclipse that will dazzle residents of the Midwest. The Adler will be hosting an early morning observing event with telescopes and special eclipse programming. 

Learn more about our Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party

Wednesday, October 8, 3:30-7 am



Astronomy Lecture 

Join us for our astronomy lecture by Dr. Leslea Hlusko from the University of California, Berkeley. Take a journey through seven evolutionary snapshots that trace our lineage from before the split with chimpanzees to inhabiting six of the seven continents we live on today.

Learn more about our Astronomy Lecture.

Friday, October 10, 7 pm

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Teacher Workshop

Join us for an in-depth look at Zooniverse astronomy citizen science projects and Sloan Digital Sky Survey educational resources that you can use in your classroom! This workshop is appropriate for 9th-12th grade teachers.

Learn more and register for our Teacher Workshop.

Saturday, October 11, 9:30 am-3 pm

Science Hackshops

Join the world of amateur astronomy with your family this Fall. Register for our exclusive multi-week workshop to learn about the Universe, how to observe it, and to construct your own high-quality telescope to take home.

Learn more about our Science Hackshops.

Saturday, October 11, 9 am - 12 pm

Curse of the Blood Moon Show

Enter if you dare for a one time only, terrifying journey in our Grainger Sky Theater. You have 14 minutes to survive the horrors within and not everyone will make it out alive.

Learn more about the Curse of the Moon show.

Thursday, October 30, 6:30 - 9:30 pm



Spend an evening underneath the stars! Children, ages 6-10, and their families enjoy hands-on activities, amazing sky shows, telescope observing, light refreshments, and a continental breakfast. Evening-only options are available. 

Learn more about Astro-Overnights!

Fridays, November 7, February 6, March 6, April 10, May 1, June 12, 6 pm-8 am


Daily Programs

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Young Explorers Mondays

Calling all explorers between the ages of 2 and 6! Check out Young Explorers’ Mondays, where children and their families can try stellar hands-on activities like Fly a Kite, Stories Under the Stars, and more. Or consider adding a sky show to your day when you purchase a Basic Pass that includes One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Big Adventure.

Mondays: 9:30 am-1 pm

Free with general admission


Stage Demonstrations

Stop by for our stage demonstrations featuring, Current Space News or 5-Minute Science. Current Space News shares astronomy news and examines unanswered mysteries astronomers are currently trying to solve. 5-minute Science invites you to explore the big astronomy questions with big science experiments. These activities are subject to change without prior notice. 

Everyday: 11:15 am, 1:30, & 2:45 pm

Free with general admission 

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Adler Activity Carts

Our activity carts encourage you to use your sense of exploration and your keen observations to discover something new. Facilitated by trained staff and volunteers, these hands-on experiences provide Adler guests with the opportunity to investigate a variety of space science topics. 

Please check the daily activity signs for times and locations.

Free with general admission 

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Telescope Observing

View the Sun safely using Adler’s telescopes. To guarantee flexibility during your visit, our telescopes are available on a first come first-served basis, weather permitting. Telescope observing schedule is subject to change without prior notice. 

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays except every third Thursday: 
10 am-1 pm

Free with general admission

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Doane Observatory

Please be advised that Chicago's very own lakefront observatory will be closed beginning on Monday, April 28, for renovations. It will be unavailable for public observing or ticketed tours until the first phase of the project concludes this September.

Learn more about the Doane Renovation

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Open Lab

During SVL Open Lab hours, you can look behind the scenes at the technology and processes used to construct space visualizations, play with new technology, and learn how scientists use data to create images.

Monday – Friday: 12-1 pm

Free with general admission


Astronomy Conversations

Have you always wanted to meet the people behind the science at the Adler? At SVL's Astronomy Conversations, you can exchange ideas with Adler space science and technology experts and learn more about ongoing Adler projects.

Monday – Friday: 2-3 pm

Free with general admission


KICP Saturdays

Be part of a dynamic dialogue with researchers from the University of Chicago's Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics (KICP) who provide first hand accounts of their work which is taking place at the South Pole, deep mines, and distant mountain peaks in Chile.

Saturday: 1-3 pm

Free with general admission


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