Adler After Dark Is the Best Way to Spend a Night Under the Stars

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Photo Credit: Adler Planetarium

When people think of having a night out on the town, oftentimes hitting up bars, clubs, and concerts comes to mind. However, if you’re jiving for something a little more cosmic, the Adler Planetarium has you covered with their monthly Adler After Dark event.



What It Is

adler after dark
Photo Credit: Adler Planetarium

Every month, the Adler Planetarium opens up its doors to the public in order to give those who are 21+ a night under the stars they will never forget. According to the website, the event provides:

  • Full access and admission to museum exhibits and galleries
  • Unlimited sky shows in three state-of-the-art theaters
  • Special guests and lectures
  • Stellar hands-on educational programs
  • Access to the Doane Observatory (weather permitting)
  • Live entertainment
  • The best view of the skyline from anywhere in Chicago



This Month

Adler After Dark offers a different experience every month to keep things fresh. This month (August) the theme is “Solar Eclipse (of the Heart)”, which is essentially the planetarium’s way of having an 80’s night. Things that are special to the event this month are:

  • Encouraged 80’s wear
  • Pinhole projector construction
  • Eclipse viewing glasses
  • Specialty cocktails
  • Open viewing of the newest exhibit “Chasing Eclipse”
  • 80’s Dance party
  • Sky show
  • Special talk on cosmic phenomenon
  • “Eclipse,” a multimedia performance that features NASA imagery, narration, and music performed by Axiom Brass



When it is

August 17th from 6:30pm to 1o:30pm.



Upcoming Events

  • Adler After Dark: Saturn Saloon (September 21)
  • Adler After Dark: Adler Afraid of the Dark? (October 19)


Where it is

The Adler Planetarium, located at:


1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605



Admission cost

Advance Purchase
$20 General Admission/$15 Adler members

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


Doane Tours (SOLD OUT)
$8 General Admission/$8 Adler members

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