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 11, March 18, March 25, 4-7 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. 

Tickets for April 10 are sold out!

Learn more about Astro-Overnights!

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

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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.

Meet Olivia the Pig!

Join us for a special Young Explorers Monday on March 30! Everyone’s favorite curious pig, Olivia, will share her star-gazing adventures with our youngest explorers as we read the book Olivia Wishes on a Star, so bring your children ages 2-6 to join the fun!

Learn more about Meet Olivia the Pig.

Monday, March 30, from 9:30-1:00 pm

Spring Break

This Spring Break, turn your Chicago vacation into the ultimate #spacecation. Whether you’re from across town or across the country, the Adler lets you travel across the Solar System and beyond without checking a single bag! 

Learn more about Spring Break.

Saturday, March 21 to Sunday, April 12, 9:30 am-5 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


Sun Salutations
(and Stars too)

Start your weekend off right with an inspiring Vinyasa Flow yoga class in the Adler's Grainger Sky theater. Discover the added balance and strength that immersion in the constellations brings!

Tickets for April 4th and April 18th are sold out!

Learn more about Sun Salutations.

Saturdays, May 2, May 16, June 6, July 11, 8:30-9:30 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