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Private Events

Host an event that is out-of-this-world

Reserve a front row seat to the universe in one of the museum’s two domed theaters, enjoy a selection of self-directed and staff-facilitated activities, explore 60,000 square feet of exhibitions, and see the sky as you never have before through the Doane Observatory’s research-quality telescope.

Named one of The Knot’s 2019 picks for ‘Best of Weddings,’ the Adler features unique and beautiful spaces, great food, and a view of Chicago’s skyline that will take your breath away. Our experienced event and catering teams will help you design the perfect package to meet your needs. Whether you’re hosting a seated event for 50 or a reception for 1,200, your guests will be dazzled by the city lights, the excellent service, and the wonders of the universe.

Book your event today!

2024 is rapidly filling up. We do have Sunday and weekday openings still available. Lock in your date now! Event start time is 6:00 pm or 6:30 pm or later depending on time of year. At this time we are unable to host daytime events. 

Site tours are offered Monday through Friday by appointment only. To schedule an appointment to view our event spaces in person, please fill out a private event inquiry form and a Food For Thought representative will contact you shortly to schedule your visit.

Submit a Private Event Inquiry Form

*Please note that while we hope to be able to offer them in the future, at this time, we are unable to book kid’s birthday parties or marriage proposals.


For more information about event guidelines and restrictions and to learn more about availability, please submit a private event inquiry.

Sample Menu

See all that awaits when you book an event at the Adler Planetarium with Food for Thought catering.

Events for all occasions

Corporate & Social Events

Come for the skyline. Stay for the science. The view of Chicago’s skyline from the museum is reason enough to get your corporate guests out of the uninspiring hotel conference room. But did you know the Adler is the only private event space in Chicago that invites corporate guests to embrace their inner explorer? Help your guests unlock their creative potential and critical thinking skills with hands-on science activities or a mind-expanding sky show.


On your special day, the universe should revolve around you! With an award-winning view of Chicago’s skyline and the entire known universe as your stage, the Adler is the perfect backdrop for your special event. Our experienced staff will work with you to design a menu and set the mood for your celebration, whether it’s a cocktail party or a wedding reception


Want to make your event truly unique? Take full advantage of your Adler experience by adding a sky show, Doane Observatory, and more!

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