Adler After Dark: Taste of Space | August 15

Adler After Dark | Taste of Space | August 15

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.

August 15: Taste of Space

It’s not all astronaut ice cream. Cool down with a cocktail and celebrate the science of (space) food at Adler After Dark on August 15!

Hydroponics and closed-loop food production are evolving technologies and will be vital on future manned missions throughout the Solar System. Explore an aquaponics system and chat about sustainable methods of food production with Plant Chicago, or try some hydroponically-grown micro-greens from Closed Loop Farms.

Check out some of the “space food” that astronauts eat aboard the International Space Station, and learn what different places in space may smell like. Chat about all things space with Astronomy on Tap and challenge other guests to a no-holds-barred team trivia game hosted by AoT where astronomy meets…gastronomy! Top it off with a special brew from our friends at Empirical Brewery.

We’re also excited to host Sian Proctor, a geoscience professor, STEM outreach educator, and “analogue astronaut,” in a special conversation on food strategies for long-duration spaceflight and how eating like a Martian can help us in creating sustainable food economies here on Earth.

And don’t miss DJ catieo, who spins a wide range of eclectic of tunes including Anatolian psychedelic rock, disco, French Boogie, space rock, electronic, minimal wave, and soul. DJ catieo hopes to share unexpected music and always includes a bit of whimsy.

Enjoy a tasty trip around the cosmos this August at Adler After Dark!

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


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

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

Doane Tours (SOLD OUT!):
$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.