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Special Events

Cosmos Café

The Adler will host a "Cosmos Cafe" for 2 hours each Monday. Join two of our Adler scientists in Galileo's Cafe after each week's new episode of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey. This will be an informal opportunity to talk about the series, ask questions, and have conversations about the Cosmos. Bring your lunch, or just stop by for a chat!

Mondays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm


Summer Camps

The Adler offers a variety of unique summer day camp experiences for children ages 5 through 14. Adler's summer camps introduce kids, teens, and tweens to science concepts while engaging their creativity. For an out-of-this-world experience, register for one or more of the Adler's camp experiences.

Learn more about our Summer Camps

2014 Summer Camp Registration is now open.


Spring Break

March 20 marks the vernal equinox and we’re celebrating spring and our closest star—the Sun—with Spring Break: Here Comes the Sun! Check out family workshops, events, special Sun-themed activities, and more.

Learn more about Spring Break.

Saturday, March 22 to Sunday, April 27


Random Hacks of Kindness Junior

Random Hacks of Kindness Junior helps middle schoolers learn more about the needs of their community! Teams of kids will come to the Adler Planetarium to work alongside charities and web developers to design tools that address their community's issues. 

Learn more about Random Hacks of Kindness Junior.

Sunday, April 27, 9 am-4 pm

Free Webster Memorial Lecture

Dr. Susan Milbrath of the Florida Museum of Natural History will present “Decoding the Astronomical Narrative in the Codex Borgia.” A masterpiece of ancient Mexico, the images of the Codex Borgia link the cycle of ancient Mexican ceremonies to astronomical observations. 

Learn more about our Webster Memorial Lecture

Monday, April 28, 6:30 pm



Don't miss your chance to spend a night at the museum! Astro-Overnights are limited to children ages 6-10 (entering 1st grade through 4th grade) with their families, scout group, or other special group. Children attending the evening-only portion or the full overnight MUST be accompanied by an adult. 

Learn more about our Astro-Overnights

Fridays, May 2, and June 6, 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!

Learn more about Sun Salutations.

Saturday, May 3, 8:30-9:30 am

Destination Solar System Member Previews

Be among the first space tourists to see the Adler’s newest show, Destination Solar System. Join us for our Member Previews. Free for current members; RSVPs required.

Learn more about our Destination Solar System Member Events.

Friday, May 9, 3 pm, Saturday, May 10, 10 am, Sunday, May 11, 10 am

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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.

Visit the Adler After Dark page for more information.

Thursday, May 15, 6-10 pm

Destination Solar System Members' Night

Join us for an exclusive members-only celebration. Enjoy special hands-on activities and access to all the museum's exhibitions. Cash-only parking will be available in the lot adjacent to the Adler. Free for current members; RSVPs required.

Learn more about our Destination Solar System Members' Night

Thursday, June 12, 5-9 pm

Astro-Science Workshop

Astro-Science Workshop participants will construct, launch, track, and recover their own experiments on board a high-altitude balloon–up to around twenty miles above the Earth! Participants will learn astronomy, physics, atmospheric science, and electronics.

Learn more about our Astro-Science Workshop

Monday, July 7, to Friday, July 25, 9:30 am-4 pm


Daily Programs

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Doane Observatory

Chicago's very own lakefront observatory is open daily this summer.  Adler guests, beach-goers and tourists are all welcome to stop in and get an up-close view of our very own star, the Sun, while also getting a chance to learn about and use Chicagoland's largest public telescope.

Monday and Friday: 10 am-1 pm
Saturday: 11 am-1 pm

Learn more on the Doane Observatory page.  

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Beyond the Dome Tour

Go Beyond the Dome with Adler staff in a personal tour of the Adler’s exhibitions and its all-digital Definiti Space Theater.  You will learn about an actual space invader, look through a Galilean telescope, and witness spectacular simulations—not available in any show.

Every day: 2:05 pm

Non-members: $3
Members: Free

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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 accessible on a first come first-served basis, weather permitting. 

Thursdays: 10 am-1 pm, except the third Thursday of every month.

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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