Adler After Dark: Spacecation | Dec. 21 | SOLD OUT!

Adler After Dark: Spacecation | December 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.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions!

December 21: Spacecation

The holidays are coming—along with Chicago’s infamous subzero temps. Escape the cold and visit exotic destinations this winter break at Adler After Dark!

Space tourism is a pipe dream for most (unless you have lots of $$$), but thanks to companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic it’s quickly becoming a reality. Join us to learn more about these ventures then visit our friends from Guerilla Science who will help you plan your trip before you visit our planetary travel agencies to check out the “must see” sights at far-out destinations like Mars, Jupiter’s moons, Pluto, and more!

We’ll even provide your new planetary passport and tips on how to pack your space suitcase.

And don’t miss a special talk by Orbital Transports CEO David Hurst on the new “space economy” and how technological innovation and new business models will help fuel the space boom.

So, grab a tropical drink, board our space cruise ship, and celebrate the holidays in style this winter.

Plan your evening ahead of time with our Adler After Dark: Spacecation 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.”


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.