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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, February 4, February 11, February 18, 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. 

Please note, the February 6 Astro-Overnight is sold out but you can purchase your advance evening tickets for March 6.

Learn more about Astro-Overnights!

Fridays, February 6, 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!

Please note, Yoga is sold out for February 7 but you can purchase your advance tickets for March 7.  

Learn more about Sun Salutations.

Saturdays, February 7, March 7, 8:30-9:30 am


The Adler and the Shedd Aquarium are teaming up to present HackLabs: Data in Difficult Places – a chance for you to learn more about citizen science and design your own experiments. HackLabs will take place once a month on Saturdays.

Learn more and register for Hacklabs

Saturdays, February 7, 1-4 pm


Meet Wild Thing! 

Join us for a wild Young Explorers Monday! Everyone’s favorite “Wild Thing” from Maurice Sendak’s famous story will share his exciting adventures with Max and the other Wild Things as we read the book Where the Wild Things Are, so bring your explores age 2-6 to join the fun! 

Learn more about Young Explorers Mondays.

Monday, February 16, 9:30-1 pm

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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. 

Experience Adler After Dark as a VIP! Learn more about this exclusive package and how you can purchase tickets.

Learn more about Adler After Dark.

Thursday, February 19, 6-10 pm

Webster Memorial Lecture

Learn about the quest to reclaim the sky as a cultural resource for African peoples and its importance in nation building and basic science education at our free Webster Memorial Lecture by Dr. Keith Snedegar, an Astronomer from Utah Valley University. 

Learn more about the Webster Memorial Lecture.

Friday, February 20, 7 pm

Random Hacks of Kindness Junior

Teams of middle school 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.

Saturday, February 28, 9am-4pm

Kavli Lecture

Join us for the first Kavli Prize Laureate Dome 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 Lecture.

Thursday, March 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm


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