Adler After Dark Ages | Nov. 16 | SOLD OUT!

Adler After Dark: Adler After Dark Ages | November 16, 2017

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!

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.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions!

November 16: Adler After Dark Ages

Hear ye! Hear ye! Ye olde planetarium is traveling back to the Middle Ages, so come enjoy an ale or a mead and celebrate all things medieval with us this November at Adler After Dark. (Costumes encouraged, but dragons must be on a leash!)

Don’t miss Poems While You Wait—who will compose epic poems for you worthy of song—explore your past, present, & future at a special Tarot station, or check out special presentations about Adler’s world-class collection of medieval astronomical instruments and talks on medieval cosmology, science, and culture. For the crafty among you, we will be building (and testing) our own model trebuchets and DaVinci-inspired machines. And no medieval celebration would be complete without drink, including special tastings by our friends at Brewery Ommegang and Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery!

And be sure to regale yourself of the evening’s entertainment, including Irish & Scottish pub tunes by Character Fleadh, lively sea shanties by The Shanty Shipwreck Show, and medieval & Renaissance weapons demos from the Chicago Swordplay Guild.

Whether you’re a Targaryen or Lannister, knight or peasant, all are welcome to the sit on the iron throne and party like its 1399.

Start planning your Adler After Dark experience ahead of time using our program schedule!

What Others Says

“It’s all great fun. While I did not purchase the ticket due to the theme, I thought it was very nicely planned and very entertaining. I love viewing the planets and the using the telescopes and attending the shows and lectures. It’s the best $20 you can spend in the city.”

“As a parent, I often do not have the time during the day to visit one of my favorite museums without my children. Adler After Dark gave me an opportunity to spend an evening with my husband, explore subjects we love, and have an interactive experience (like our children enjoy at the museum). I also love the exclusive feel of the event. It is not too crowded, and the attendants have a chance to talk to the guests in small groups. It’s a great alternative/addition to the night life of Chicago.”

“It was so much fun. I went…not knowing what to expect and it was a total blast. We had a drink, danced, met some new people, got glam-rock face paint, checked out the star show and the exhibits. [It was] so much more than I thought the experience was going to be and I’m definitely interested in attending future events. I have been telling all my friends and showing them photos. Great job, it was a truly memorable experience.”


Advance Purchase
$20 General Admission/$15 Adler members

At the Door (Based on Availability)
$25 General Admission/$20 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 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.