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Filming & Brand Partnerships

Three rectangular photos. The first features Ryan Gosling and Damian Chazelle at the press junket for First Man with a projection of the Moon behind them in the Grainger Sky Theater. Middle is a still shot of the exterior of the Adler showing the dome and front steps with people walking up to the Planetarium with umbrellas. This is a scene from Shining Girls, an Apple TV+ series that was shot at the Adler and the Adler was written into the script. The last picture features "Ordinary Joe" lead actor playing a guitar at night in the solarium for the NBC series, Ordinary Joe.

Commercial Filming and Brand Partnerships at the Adler

As the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Adler boasts an iconic art deco building situated against a breathtaking backdrop of the magnificent Chicago skyline and the majestic shores of Lake Michigan. The Adler and its surrounding property offer the best views the city has to offer, and make for an impressive shooting location for your next commercial filming endeavor.

Whether your project needs an exterior skyline shot, a trip to the stars using state-of-the-art projection capabilities in one of our historic dome theaters, or a full museum rental to transform our historic building into a memorable feature film set or a backdrop for your next product launch, the Adler has an experienced staff to help meet your needs.


Interested in a brand partnership or activation? Please email Jennifer Howell, Head of Public Relations, at jhowell@adlerplanetarium.org.


From a press junket with Academy Award-winning Director, Damien Chazelle and Academy-Award nominee, Ryan Gosling, for the movie First Man to an VIP concert with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, to a key location for Elizabeth Moss’ Apple TV+ hit Shining Girls, the Adler has been the backdrop for major TV, movie, and video productions and events . Here are some of the projects that we’ve been apart of:

First Man (Universal Pictures)
Ordinary Joe (NBC)
Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins (WGN)
Shining Girls (Apple TV+)
Ironheart (Disney)
Power Book Force IV (Starz)</span
Chicago Fire (NBC)
The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC)
Fender Guitars Unplugged Series featuring Chicago’s own Beach Bunny
American Idol auditions
Nike Air Jordan XXX shoe launch
Spektral Quartet Enigma world premiere performance



Still photography rates are for a four (4) hour block of time. Each four (4) hour period is $5,000. The fee cannot be prorated by hour.

Commercial Filming
Fees are inclusive for prep, film, and wrap from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. • 4:00 pm–10:00 pm is charged at time and a half.

  • Exterior-only fees start at $5,000
  • Interior-only fees start at $10,000
  • Interior & Exterior fees start at $15,000

Fees cannot be prorated or discounted. There may also be revenue recovery fees for loss of parking or other Planetarium revenue.

Overnight Fee
You may have the option to do set-up/filming in the overnight hours (10:00 pm – 7:00 am) for an additional fee:

  • Interior only: $20,000
  • Exterior only: $10,000

Fees are per day. All fees are due net 30 upon completion of filming.



Planetarium staff will be assigned to oversee the prep, filming, and wrap phases of the production shoot. Their primary function is to protect the Planetarium grounds & assets. The fees are based on the extent of the filming. Fees range from $5,000-$6,000 per day for Interior & Exterior filming. 

*Food for Thought Catering holds the exclusive contract for all food and beverage service provided at the Adler.  Exceptions may apply.


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