Adler After Dark: Aliens Among Us | June 15 | SOLD OUT!

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.

June 15: Aliens Among Us

The ongoing search for rocky worlds, like those in the TRAPPIST-1 system, has made headlines in recent months. Learn more about the search for Earth 2.0 with our friends from Encyclopedia Britannica during a special panel discussion on the strange life on Earth and how it informs our search for E.T.!

Try your hand at making an “alien” mask, learn how to detect exoplanets, and help solve Frank Drake’s famous equation that attempts to identify how many civilizations are out there—if any! Tardigrades are some of the weirdest (micro) animals on the planet. Come get a closer look at these microscopic sea-dwelling, eight-legged “water bears” and learn what their unique abilities tell us about life’s adaptability.

And don’t miss a pop-up event featuring the Intergalactic Travel Bureau! Olivia Koski and Jana Grcevich, authors of the new book Vacation Guide to the Solar System, will be on hand to help guests plan their next planetary adventure. Books will be available for purchase!

From microbes to little green men, it’s an alien invasion this summer at Adler After Dark—don’t miss it!

Plan your evening in advance with the event schedule! Subject to change.

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.

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