Adler After Dark: It Came From Space! | Jan. 18 | 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.
Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions!
January 18: It Came From Space!
They were watching us from afar, biding their time. Now they’re here! Celebrate the campiness of 50s sci-fi and the actual quest for E.T. at Adler After Dark!
The search for habitable planets has heated up in recent years, and it’s (probably) only a matter of time until we find an Earth-like world. Explore how we search for exoplanets, try your hand at classifying alien atmospheres, and help solve Frank Drake’s famous equation that attempts to identify how many alien civilizations are out there (if any!).
And speaking of aliens, dig into some of classic 50s sci-fi films that portray aliens with a special talk by sci-fi reviewer and editor Gary Wolfe, who will try to answer that burning question—why do we imagine aliens as little green men? And how does science fiction (past and present) help inform the actual search for E.T.? (Can’t wait? Psych yourself up with a special showing of Arrival on the big screen at our REEL Science Film Series on January 12!)
Chill out with us this winter at Adler After Dark!
Plan your evening ahead of time using our event 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.”
$20 General Admission/$15 Adler members
At the Door (Based on Availability)
$25 General Admission/$20 Adler members
$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.
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