Adler After Dark: Superhero Science | July 19

Adler After Dark: Superhero Science | July 19, 2018

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.

July 19: Superhero Science

This is no ordinary Adler After Dark. Competing factions have formed for control of the cosmos, and we need your help—choose a side, create your character, and participate in a museum-wide adventure as either a superhero or villain! Only one side will win, so choose wisely.

Once inside, explore the powers of your favorite heroes (and villains) in the Marvel & DC universes with special hands-on experiments exploring magnetism, flight, X-Ray vision, and more. Plus, learn about some of the actual “superheroes of science” with amazing objects from Adler’s own collection. Check out a special talk examining the most powerful objects in the universe (and how they could be used to forge Thor’s new hammer), and don’t miss an exclusive pop-up station from our friends at the Chicago Public Library and other special guests.

Superheroes (and supervillains) are more popular than ever, so assemble your team, channel your favorite comic character (or create your own), and enjoy a summer night out this July at Adler After Dark!

Plan your evening ahead of time with our event schedule!

Show and Theater Lineup

Grainger Sky Theater

7:00 pm | Planet Nine
8:00 pm | Skywatch Live
9:00 pm | Planet Nine
10:00 pm | Skywatch Live

Definiti Space Theater

7:00 pm | Faster Than Light
7:45 pm | Asteroid: Mission Extreme
8:30 pm | Faster Than Light
9:15 pm | Asteroid: Mission Extreme
10:00 pm | Faster Than Light

Johnson Family Star Theater

7:30 pm | Team Trivia
8:30 pm | Panel (More details coming soon!)
9:30 pm | Welcome to the Universe


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.

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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.