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Special Events

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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, August 21, 6:30-10:30 pm - SOLD OUT


'Scopes In the City

View the Mars and Saturn through Adler telescopes at Senn High School. Telescope observing is subject to change without prior notice. The first person to present their phone displaying our #firsttweet scores 2 tickets to Adler After Dark. Must be 21+.

Learn more about Scopes In The City

Tuesday, August 26, 7:30 - 9 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.

Saturday, September 6, 8:30-9:30 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


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!

Friday, November 7, 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

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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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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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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


Current Space News

Curious about Curiosity? Interested in the International Space Station? Learn more at our Current Space News program, which runs twice daily (10-15 minutes) in Our Solar System!

Everyday: 11:05 am & 3:05 pm

Free with general admission 


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