Adler Planetarium

Programs & Events

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After School Teen Hangouts

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

Learn more about our Teen After School Hangouts.

Every Wednesday, 4-7 pm

Astro-Overnights

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.

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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 18, May 2, May 16 are sold out!

Learn more about Sun Salutations.

Saturdays, June 6, July 11, 8:30-9:30 am

Official C2E2 Pre-Party

The countdown to the con is on! Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo—C2E2— is returningto the Windy City and the Adler has partnered with Revolution Brewing and C2E2 to bring you the Official C2E2 Pre-Party! Join us on Thursday, April 23 for a geek-tastic gastronomic evening of beer tasting (including Galaxy Hero), live entertainment, C2E2 giveaways, and more! Must be 21+ to attend.

Learn more about the Official C2E2 Pre-Party.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 6-10 pm

Elkphest: A Festival of Art & Word

On Sunday, April 26, come explore the intersections of art, poetry and science as the Adler Planetarium -- along with other Chicago institutions throughout April -- hosts special programs for Ekphest: A Festival of Art & Word. This event is free and included in general admission to the museum

Learn more about Ekphest.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 -- 1:00-4:00 pm

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Women in Space Science Award Celebration

The Women’s Board is proud to recognize Sunita L. Williams, NASA Astronaut and U.S Navy Captain, with this year’s Women in Space Science (WISS) Award. The annual WISS Award recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Learn more about Captain Williams and WISS today.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

'Scopes in the City

This summer and all year long, Adler astronomers and educators will bring the museum—and the Universe—a little closer to you! With ’Scopes in the City, Adler staff and volunteers will lead free telescope observing in Chicago neighborhoods.

Learn more about 'Scopes in the City.

 

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

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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

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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