Adler After Dark: Out in Space | June 20 | SOLD OUT!

Adler After Dark: Out in Space | Tickets on Sale Now!

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.

June 20: Out in Space

Come celebrate the infinite diversity within the Universe, ourselves, and each other. We’re welcoming friends and allies in the LGBTQIA+ community to join us for a Pride celebration that is truly out of this world!

We’ve partnered with This Free Life to host an unforgettable evening, including a one-night-only drag show—Drag Me to the Stars—that will celebrate the fusion of queer art and science and importance of identity, understanding, and self in the cosmos. (Please note the Drag Me to the Stars show is limited capacity.)

Don’t miss a special panel conversation with STEM researchers who identify as LGBTQIA+ about their work and the importance of queer representation in science, and explore the ground-breaking work of LGBTQIA+ role models like Sally Ride and Lynn Conway.

Visit our friends from the Challenger Learning Center who will be demoing their favorite colorful chemistry experiments, including Rainbow Lava Slime and Magic Rainbow Milk!

Plus make sure to check out Out in Space Trivia with Chicago-based, stand-up comedian and One Liner Madness champion Malic White! Prizes will be awarded.

Drag, costumes, and self-exploration are all encouraged and celebrated. And not to worry—there will be plenty of opportunities to transform throughout the evening!

Plan your evening ahead of time with our event schedule!


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.