Adler After Dark: Saturn Saloon | Sept. 21 | SOLD OUT!

Adler After Dark: Saturn Saloon | September 21

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.

September 21: Saturn Saloon

Kick off yer boots and stay awhile (and celebrate everyone’s favorite ringed planet) at Adler After Dark!

On September 15, the Cassini probe will begin its plummet into Saturn’s atmosphere, ending its enormously successful 13-year odyssey to better understand the Saturn system. Celebrate this mission in style with Old West-themed cocktails featuring local spirits (jugs are optional), hand-on activities (10-gallon ring hats, anyone?), and special talks about the past & future of planetary exploration—including a look at historic artifacts that depict our evolving understanding of the “jewel of the Solar System.”

And don’t forget to try samples of some delicious local brews, courtesy of our friends at Temperance Beer Company (select beers will be available for purchase at the event, as well).

Whether you’re a cowpoke, sheriff, or trapper, amble on up to the bar get your fill of science this fall at Adler After Dark. Western wear encouraged! (Minus the spurs, of course.)

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
$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.