Adler After Dark: Aliens vs. Monsters | Oct. 17

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What is Adler After Dark?

Exclusively for adults 21+, this evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6:00–10:00 pm (Summer hours, May-August: 6:30–10:30 pm.)  With themes that change every month, Adler After Dark is never the same event twice. Reinvent your Adler experience every month with friends, family, or that special someone on a date they’ll never forget.

October 17: Aliens vs. Monsters

They could be watching us at this very moment. Waiting. Biding their time.

Get in the spirit and celebrate your favorite cinematic aliens and monsters this fall at Adler After Dark!

Don’t miss Chicago’s own self-described retro-futurist dance band Terrible Spaceship, who will be performing sections from their albums Zontar, The Thing from Venus and Invaders 1938 in the Johnson Family Star Theater.

Enjoy scenes from your favorite classic sci-fi and horror movies in a special improv performance, It Came From Space!, that will surely leave you…breathless (from laughter, of course).

And make sure to channel your inner extraterrestrial (or monster) in our “Creatures Features Scavenger Hunt” and “Mask Making Workshop” inspired by some of the real exoplanets and alien environments that astronomers have discovered. Once completed, don your mask and visit an alien world in our “Green Screen Photo Booth” before dancing the night away to Thriller and other spooky hits with our friends from MDM Entertainment!

Halloween has come early this year, only at Adler After Dark. Costumes encouraged—check out our Cosplay and Costuming Weapons Policy!

Plan your evening ahead of time with our event schedule! (Subject to change.)

*Please note that we will have some limited exhibition closures on the second level as we work to construct a new exhibition. We apologize for the inconvenience, but look forward to sharing a new experience with you coming fall/winter 2019!


Advance Purchase: 
$20 General Admission/$10 Adler members

At the Door (Based on Availability):
$25 General Admission/$15 Adler members

Doane Tours:
$8 General Admission/$8 Adler members

Doane Observatory tour tickets are available in limited quantity and sell out quickly. Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are always scheduled after sunset. Tours are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions.

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.

Please be aware that event capacity is limited and likely to sell out. Purchase your tickets online before the day of the event as tickets may not be available at the door. Check back for up-to-date ticket availability details. For group (15 or more) or corporate booking, please contact Please bring your photo ID on the day of the event.

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Need some Adler After Dark costume inspiration? Check out some of our photo albums of past AAD attendees! If you’re planning on attending an Adler After Dark event in costume, please see our Cosplay & Costuming Weapons Policy.