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Date(s) - 06/21/2018
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Alder Planetarium

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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!

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.


Summer’s here! The solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, so come celebrate the extra daylight with a brew and a view at Adler After Dark on June 21.

Everyone shares the Sun, so it makes sense that we celebrate an annual solar holiday. Celebrate the first day of summer with outdoor observing opportunities and special programs exploring the summer night sky, combating light pollution, plus the scientific and cultural importance of the summer solstice around the world. Channel your creative side and help us mark the occasion with a special guest-created mural from our friends at Grimace Graphics, and get some pointers on where to find your favorite constellations (and planets) in the summer sky with an Adler astronomer!

And speaking of all things stellar—don’t miss special screenings of We Are Stars and Starlight, full-dome planetarium shows playing at Adler After Dark as part of the Adler Summer Film Fest. Like all shows and presentations, admission to these shows will be included with Adler After Dark tickets.

Don’t forget to ring in summer with our friends at Begyle Brewing Company, who will be hand to sample their favorite brews (Begyle beers will be available to purchase at event bars). Cheers!


“It’s all great fun. While I did not purchase the ticket due to the theme, I thought it was very nicely planned and very entertaining. I love viewing the planets and the using the telescopes and attending the shows and lectures. It’s the best $20 you can spend in the city.”

“As a parent, I often do not have the time during the day to visit one of my favorite museums without my children. Adler After Dark gave me an opportunity to spend an evening with my husband, explore subjects we love, and have an interactive experience (like our children enjoy at the museum). I also love the exclusive feel of the event. It is not too crowded, and the attendants have a chance to talk to the guests in small groups. It’s a great alternative/addition to the night life of Chicago.”

“It was so much fun. I went…not knowing what to expect and it was a total blast. We had a drink, danced, met some new people, got glam-rock face paint, checked out the star show and the exhibits. [It was] so much more than I thought the experience was going to be and I’m definitely interested in attending future events. I have been telling all my friends and showing them photos. Great job, it was a truly memorable experience.”


Advance Purchase
$20 General Admission/$15 Adler members

At the Door (Based on Availability)
$25 General Admission/$20 Adler members

Doane Tours
$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 will 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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