Adler Summer Film Fest | May 25 – Sept. 3

Adler Summer Film Fest | May 25 - Sept. 3 | A collection of the best new fulldome planetarium films from around the world.

New Sky Shows are Playing at the Adler for a Limited Time!

This summer, the Adler is bringing a collection of the best planetarium shows from around the world to Chicago!

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, guests are invited to jump forwards and backward in time, across the Universe, and toward a whole new horizon of space exploration. Witness the birth of the Universe and fall in love with the night sky (for the first time or all over again!) from the comfort of your seat in our newly remodeled Definiti Space Theater!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to catch this selection of international and award-winning sky shows all in one location.

Shows will run on a weekly, rotating basis. Tickets are included with the purchase of Basic Pass (one show) or All Access Pass (multiple shows) admission.

As with our regular sky shows, members view for FREE!*

Check out our calendar to get full details on showtimes and show availability.

*Pending availability. Show capacity is limited.

Film Fest Lineup

Modern astronomy is a huge undertaking that requires global collaboration, unique technologies, and dedication. Meet some of the faces of modern astronomy and discover how astronomers and citizens across the globe are working together to answer unresolved questions about our Universe. Produced by NSC Creative and narrated by David Tennant.

We Are Astronomers

Running: May 25-31, June 15-21, July 6-12, July 27-August 2, August 17-23

Modern astronomy is a huge undertaking that requires global collaboration, unique technologies, and dedication. Meet some of the faces of modern astronomy and discover how astronomers and citizens across the globe are working together to answer unresolved questions about our Universe. Produced by NSC Creative and narrated by David Tennant.

Discover the possibilities that asteroids present for space travel. Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and tame it for our use, as well as how such an extraordinary adventure could benefit humankind. A mission this extreme could ultimately lead us to learn how to protect our planet and how to successfully inhabit other worlds. Produced by National Geographic, Sky Skan, and Lockheed Martin, and narrated by Sigourney Weaver.

Asteroid: Mission Extreme

Running: May 25-31, June 15-21, July 6-12, July 27-August 2, August 17-23

Discover the possibilities that asteroids present for space travel. Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and tame it for our use, as well as how such an extraordinary adventure could benefit humankind. A mission this extreme could ultimately lead us to learn how to protect our planet and how to successfully inhabit other worlds. Produced by National Geographic, Sky Skan, and Lockheed Martin, and narrated by Sigourney Weaver.

For thousands of years, we have looked to the stars at night in wonder. Starlight is told through the eyes of Margaret, voiced by celebrated Australian actress Sigrid Thornton, who recounts her own story of falling in love with the night sky. Stunning visualizations will take you on a journey through the history of astronomy as we discover more and more about the stars. Produced by the Melbourne Planetarium.

Starlight

Running: June 1-7, June 22-28, July 13-19, August 3-9, August 24-30

For thousands of years, we have looked to the stars at night in wonder. Starlight is told through the eyes of Margaret, voiced by celebrated Australian actress Sigrid Thornton, who recounts her own story of falling in love with the night sky. Stunning visualizations will take you on a journey through the history of astronomy as we discover more and more about the stars. Produced by the Melbourne Planetarium.

Take a summer vacation through the universe. Through cutting edge data visualizations, you will be immersed in a journey throughout the observable universe, to places never before possible. Produced by the American Museum of Natural History, and narrated by Tom Hanks, this awe inspiring film takes you on an unforgettable voyage of billions of light years.

Passport to the Universe

Running: June 1-7, June 22-28, July 13-19, August 3-9, August 24-30

Take a summer vacation through the universe. Through cutting edge data visualizations, you will be immersed in a journey throughout the observable universe, to places never before possible. Produced by the American Museum of Natural History, and narrated by Tom Hanks, this awe inspiring film takes you on an unforgettable voyage of billions of light years.

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon… is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. But how will we ever get there? Take a ride on the spacecraft of the future and explore how scientists are developing technologies to move us faster than we ever dreamed possible. Produced by Spitz and narrated by Sean Bean.

Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight

Running: June 8-14, June 29-July 5, July 20-26, August 10-16, August 31-September 3

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon… is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. But how will we ever get there? Take a ride on the spacecraft of the future and explore how scientists are developing technologies to move us faster than we ever dreamed possible. Produced by Spitz and narrated by Sean Bean.

Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins. Narrator Andy Serkis takes you on a magical journey back in time to the Big Bang and the formation of the first atom, to the birth of the sun, and the explosion of life on Earth. This family-friendly show is full of adventure, wonder, and awe. Produced by NSC Creative.

We Are Stars

Running: June 8-14, June 29-July 5, July 20-26, August 10-16, August 31-September 3

Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins. Narrator Andy Serkis takes you on a magical journey back in time to the Big Bang and the formation of the first atom, to the birth of the sun, and the explosion of life on Earth. This family-friendly show is full of adventure, wonder, and awe. Produced by NSC Creative.