FAQ

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets for the next month’s event go on sale the third Friday of the month at 9:00 am. For example, tickets for an event on Thursday, November 16 would go on sale Friday, October 20.

What does my ticket include?

Your ticket includes admission into the event, full access to museum exhibits and galleries, unlimited sky shows in our 3 state-of-the-art theaters, special guests and lectures, stellar hands-on educational programs, live entertainment, and the best view of the skyline from anywhere in Chicago!
Weather permitting, the Doane Observatory will be open to all Adler After Dark guests for at least an hour after the event begins between the months of March-September. Please note that ticketed tours of the Doane Observatory are NOT included but can be added to your General Admission ticket for $8.00 apiece. Food and beverages are not included and available for purchase at the event.

What is the Doane Observatory?

The Doane Observatory at the Adler Planetarium contains the largest public telescope in the Chicago area. It is located in a separate building directly behind the museum next to Lake Michigan.

What can I do in the Doane Observatory at Adler After Dark?

For an additional charge, we offer a 15-minute guided experience at Adler After Dark with the opportunity to interact with Adler Astronomy Department staff in an intimate, small-group setting and—weather permitting—look through the telescope.

Please note: Observatory programs may be altered or canceled due to weather without advance notice; if clouds or other conditions do not permit viewing through the telescope, an alternate program in the Observatory will be substituted, at the discretion of Observatory staff.

How do I purchase a ticket to the Doane Observatory?

You can choose your Observatory experience time slot if you add the Doane Tour option during check out on the website; the program meeting location will be identified on your print-at-home ticket. Please note that if you are unable to purchase tickets, it is likely that all available tickets are sold out (quantities are extremely limited).

I’ve never been before. What should I do when I arrive?

Once you check in, the rest of the evening is up to you! We recommend visiting the bar and grabbing a snack, and choosing one (or more) sky shows to see as they often fill up (seats in theaters are first-come, first-served once doors open). The rest of the event is largely drop-in programs that you can explore at your convenience. An event schedule/map will be available on the website 1-2 days before your event.

Will food be available at the event?

Yes, several dining options are available for purchase in Cafe Galileo’s. Café Galileo’s provides a variety of freshly prepared options, including an array of soups, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, beverages, and desserts.

Does the ticket price include alcohol and food?

No, alcoholic beverages can be purchased from one of the many bars at the event and food can be purchased at Café Galileo’s.

How do I get there?

The Adler strongly encourages the use of public transportation.

By Bus
#146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express/Museum Campus
#130 Museum Campus (mid-May through Labor Day)

By Train
Roosevelt CTA stop servicing Red, Orange and Green lines. Offers connections to #146 bus located at State and Roosevelt Road.

By Car
All Museum Campus parking lots are owned by the Chicago Park District and managed by Standard Parking. The Adler does not have control over pricing and parking rates are subject to change without notice. For the most current parking information, visit the Soldier Field Parking website.

Is there a dress code?

We don’t believe in a dress code, but we encourage you to dress up if it fits the theme (check out our albums of prior attendees)! Please see our Cosplay & Costuming Weapons Policy for more information on forbidden items if you’re considering dressing up.

Do I have to be at least 21?

Yes, all attendees are required to present a valid, government-issued photo IDs prior to entry.

Online tickets are sold out. Can I purchase tickets at the door?

It is unlikely that tickets will be available at the door if the event is sold out.

I’m a member! Do I get a discount?

Members can purchase discounted tickets by selecting “Member Ticket” in our web store. Individual Plus Members receive 2 free passes to the Adler After Dark of their choice. Family Plus Members receive 4 free passes to the Adler After Dark of their choice. Memberships can be purchased online from our membership web page.

Can I bring a group?

Yes! For group (15 or more) or corporate booking, please contact groups@adlerplanetarium.org. Please bring your photo ID on the day of the event.

Is the gift shop open during the event?

Yes! The gift shop will remain open until the end of the event so you can stock up on your space swag.

How long are the sky shows? Do I need a ticket?

Each show is approximately 30 minutes in length and fills up quickly on a first-come, first-served basis.