When: Every third Thursday of the month from 6:00–10:00 pm (6:30–10:30 pm May-August events).
Where: Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-7827
Cost: $20 advance tickets/$25 at the door. Buy tickets here. Doane Observatory can be added to your General Admission ticket for $5.00 apiece.
Online ticket sales start at 9:00 am on the first of the month and end at noon on the day of the event. Please be aware that event capacity is limited and likely to sell out. Please purchase your tickets online before the day of the event as tickets may not be available at the door. All guests must be 21 and up. Regular admission including unlimited Sky Shows is $29.95
Doane Observatory can be added to your General Admission ticket for $5.00 apiece. 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. During regular business hours the Doane Observatory is free with admission. It’s open only when the weather is bright and clear and there is a volunteer available.
Cocktails and other alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the event bars. Entrée items and snacks are available for purchase at Café Galileo’s.
- Full access and admission to museum exhibits and galleries
- Unlimited sky shows in our 3 state-of-the-art theaters
- Special guests and lectures
- Stellar hands-on educational programs
- Access to the Doane Observatory $5 extra
- Live entertainment
- The best view of the skyline from anywhere in Chicago!
Voted “Best After-Hours Museum Event,” – Adler After Dark includes open museum access, admission to scheduled sky shows and complimentary snacks. Multiple cash bars are open until 9:30 p.m. Guests must be 21 and older to enter.
June 15: Aliens Among Us
The ongoing search for rocky worlds, like those in the TRAPPIST-1 system, has made headlines in recent months. Learn more about the search for Earth 2.0 with our friends from Encyclopedia Britannica during a special panel discussion on the strange life on Earth and how it informs our search for E.T.!
Try your hand at making an “alien” mask, learn how to detect exoplanets, and help solve Frank Drake’s famous equation that attempts to identify how many civilizations are out there—if any! Tardigrades are some of the weirdest (micro) animals on the planet. Come get a closer look at these microscopic sea-dwelling, eight-legged “water bears” and learn what their unique abilities tell us about life’s adaptability.
And don’t miss a pop-up event featuring the Intergalactic Travel Bureau! Olivia Koski and Jana Grcevich, authors of the new book Vacation Guide to the Solar System, will be on hand to help guests plan their next planetary adventure. Books will be available for purchase!
From microbes to little green men, it’s an alien invasion this summer at Adler After Dark—don’t miss it!
July 20: All-Star
The universe is ruled by physical laws. But some athletes make us believe otherwise. Explore the intersections of sports and science at this star-studded Adler After Dark!
From Kris Bryant to Jonathan Toews, Chicago has its fair share of current and former stars. Learn more about actual solar physics (and sports on other planets) with hands-on programs and talks, and check out the science behind your favorite sports (including memorabilia) with a pop-up program from our friends at the Chicago Sports Museum. And don’t miss special raffles (with prizes graciously donated by local pro sports organizations), games, and other special guests and partners that will be announced later!
August 17: Total Eclipse (of the Heart)
The summer ’17 American eclipse is not to be missed, so make sure to get your gear early!
Try your hand at making a pinhole projector and get #EquippedToEclipse with a pair of eclipse-viewing glasses for safe solar observing. Then attend a special talk on the science of cosmic phenomenon or one of our breath-taking sky shows.
Top off the evening with a visit to our newest exhibit, Chasing Eclipses, enjoy specialty cocktails, join your friends on the dance floor with music that will make your inner 80s kid happy (don’t worry, we’ll play the titular hit by Bonnie Tyler), and much more—80s wear highly encouraged!
Enjoy a summer night out and get excited about this once-in-a-lifetime event!
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