Adler After Dark: Mars or Bust | Feb. 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!
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February 15: Mars or Bust
From the God of War, to its famed “canals”, to big-budget films, Mars continues to fascinate us. Return to the Red Planet this February at Adler After Dark!
Get up close and personal with some cutting-edge tech that we’re currently using to explore Mars, and check out current (and future) missions planned for the Red Planet—both public and private—with a special debate-style talk on benefits and pitfalls of sending humans over 90 million miles to a totally inhospitable planet.
Framestore, an Academy Award-winning creative studio with a newly opened office in Chicago, will present their groundbreaking work on the world’s first group VR experience: ‘Field Trip to Mars’. The presentation will reveal how Framestore transformed an ordinary school bus into a VR headset, inspiring school children to be the first generation on Mars. After the presentation, Framestore will showcase their iconic work on all things Red Planet, including films like The Martian and National Geographic’s TV series MARS.
And don’t miss the authentic Cajun sounds of Le Travaillant, who will help us celebrate MARS-di-gras in style!
Plan your evening ahead of time with 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.”
$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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your photo ID on the day of the event.