Adler After Dark: Space Invaders | Jan. 17

Adler After Dark: Space Invaders | January 2019

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.

January 17: Space Invaders

The exploration of the outer Solar System has begun!

Chart your own course through a dangerous Solar System with a special museum-wide game where you and your “crew” will solve challenges, make decisions, and collect the necessary supplies to make it to a future human outpost on 2014 MU69—all with an 8-bit twist. It’s like Oregon Trail meets Settlers of Catan—in space (complete with Lunar Dysentery)!

In between your skillful gameplay, help us launch the “Year of the Moon” and get early access to the Adler’s newest sky show, Imagine the Moon, before it opens to the public on January 18! And be sure to check out Terrible Spaceship, Chicago‘s premier ambient synthetic horror pop band, and their homage to Orson Welles’ classic radio drama, War of the Worlds, set to an original score—Invasion 1938!

Escape the chill this winter and enjoy a night out at your favorite planetarium!

Plan your evening ahead of time with our event schedule!


Advance Purchase: 
$20 General Admission/$15 Adler members

At the Door (Based on Availability):
$25 General Admission/$20 Adler members

Doane Observatory tours will not be available at our January Adler After Dark as we continue to make improvements to the observatory. Thank you for your patience!

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.