Adler After Dark: Solar Eclipse (of the Heart) | Aug. 17 | SOLD OUT

Adler After Dark: Solar Eclipse (of the Heart)

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.

August 17: Solar Eclipse (of the Heart)

Attention Ticket Holders! We wanted to let you know that Coldplay will be playing at Soldier Field on Thursday, August 17, so plan your trip accordingly to allow enough time to arrive at the Adler to enjoy After Dark.

Adler After Dark: Solar Eclipse (of the Heart) Schedule

The summer ’17 American eclipse is not to be missed, so make sure to get your gear early!

Try your hand at making a pinhole projector and get #EquippedToEclipse with a pair of eclipse-viewing glasses for safe solar observing. Then attend a special talk on the science of cosmic phenomenon or one of our breath-taking sky shows.

Top off the evening with a visit to our newest exhibit, Chasing Eclipses, enjoy specialty cocktails, join your friends on the dance floor with music that will make your inner 80s kid happy (don’t worry, we’ll play the titular hit by Bonnie Tyler), and much more—80s wear highly encouraged!

We’re also excited to announce Eclipse, a  multimedia performance that features NASA imagery, narration, and music performed by Axiom Brass. The show was developed through CIERA’s Cosmos in Concert initiative, which uses music and art as tools to make science more accessible to the public. Don’t miss this special performance, available only at Adler After Dark. [Eclipse is included in your ticket. Seats in the theater are first come, first served.]

Enjoy a summer night out and get excited about this once-in-a-lifetime event!


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.