Adler Planetarium

Programs & 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, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, 4-7 pm

Kavli Prize Lecture

Join us for the first Kavli Prize Lecture and Q&A session by Michael E. Brown, from the California Institute of Technology to learn about the explosion in the discoveries of Pluto-and near Pluto-sized bodies in the outer Solar System.

Learn more about the Kavli Prize Lecture.

Thursday, March 5, 7:30-9:30 pm


'Scopes In The City

View Jupiter through Adler telescopes at Hibbard Elementary School. To guarantee flexibility during your visit, our telescopes are available on a first come first-served basis, weather permitting. Telescope viewing is free and our schedule is subject to change without prior notice. 

Learn more about 'Scopes In The City

Friday, March 6, 6-8pm


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, March 6, April 10, May 1, June 12, 6 pm-8 am


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!

Tickets for March 7 and March 21 are sold out!

Learn more about Sun Salutations.

Saturdays, March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16, June 6, July 11, 8:30-9:30 am

The Ultimate Pi Day 

This year, the numbers are aligned for The Ultimate Pi Day on 3.14.15! Join the Adler Planetarium and WBEZ 91.5 for a celebration of all things pi with special programs, lectures, and, of course, pies. 

Learn more about The Ultimate Pi Day!

Saturday, March 14, 12-4 pm (General)
Saturday, March 14, 6-10 pm (21+)

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Adler After Dark

Enjoy cocktails against the award-winning view of the Chicago skyline seen only from the Adler. 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, March 19, 6-10 pm

Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party

In the early morning hours of April 4, the Earth will block the Sun’s light from reaching the Moon resulting in a lunar eclipse. The Adler will be hosting an early morning observing event to catch the first part of the eclipse with telescopes and special eclipse programming. RSVP today!

Learn more about our Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party

Saturday, April 4, 3:30-6:30 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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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

Chicago's very own lakefront observatory is open during Adler After Dark!  Adler guests are welcome to stop in and observe Chicago’s night sky while also getting a chance to learn about and use Chicagoland's largest public telescope.

Learn more about the Doane Observatory.

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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 at SVL.

Saturdays: 1-3 pm

Free with general admission