Museum After Dark Events for Night Owls in Chicago

There are some fun night activities for museum lovers in Chicago. In fact, some of our most notable museums offer late-night access to live entertainment, galleries and exhibits, cool tours, programs, complimentary eats, and cocktails.

So here are some after-dark events hosted by a museum near you.



Adler After Dark | Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium
Photo Credit: Adler Planetarium Instagram

1300 South Lake Shore Drive 


For the 21 and older crowd, the planetarium features Adler After Dark every third Thursday, from 6 – 10 pm. The event features rotating themes and includes:

  • Full access to Adler’s exhibits and galleries
  • Unlimited sky shows located in any one of their three theaters
  • Live entertainment
  • Special Guest and lectures
  • Educational programs
  • Access to Doane Observatory (if weather permits)
  • Cocktails available for purchase at the bar
  • Snacks available for purchase at Café Galileo’s

Tickets are $20 for advance purchase and $25 at the door. For further information and ticket purchase, visit here.



Field Museum | Dozin’ with the Dinos Overnight

Field Museum
Photo Credit: Field Museum

1400 South Lake Shore Drive


For the kiddos (ages 6-12), a cool overnight stay is available Saturday and Sunday of every weekend at the Field Museum. Dozin’ with the Dinos Overnight includes:

  • Fun activities
  • Exploring the museum during the night
  • Tours
  • & many, many more.

Standard packages are $65 for members and $70 for non-members. Premium packages are $73 for members and $83 for non-members. Visit here for more details.



Art Institute After Dark | Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute Chicago
Photo Credit: Onasis Odelmo

111 South Michigan Avenue


For one night only, the Art Institute of Chicago is hosting an After Dark Event, on April 12, from 9 pm – 12 am. The special theme is Gods and Glamour, which will feature the newly reinstalled Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art. The event includes:

  • Access to featured galleries
  • Live performances
  • DJ sets
  • Complimentary eats
  • Cash-only bar

21 and older only. For further information, visit here. Tickets are $15 for Evening Associates, $25 for members and students, and $35 for non-members.



Science Snoozeum | Museum of Science + Industry

Museum of Science + Industry
Photo Credit: Museum of Science + Industry

 5700 South Lake Shore Drive

Another awesome overnight stay is available at the Museum of Science + Industry, on select Fridays and Saturdays. Upcoming dates are March 15 and April 5. Ages 6 – 12 only. Features include:

  • Special activities
  • Build-Your-Own Science Toy
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Watch a film at the Giant Dome Theater
  • Breakfast & more

Tickets are $65 per person. Visit here for more information.


MSI After Hours Adults-Only | Museum of Science + Industry

Museum of Science + Industry
Photo Credit: Museum of Science + Industry

 5700 South Lake Shore Drive

For 21 and older, the Museum of Science + Industry has an after-hours event on select Fridays and Saturdays, from 7 – 10 pm. The next available date is May 31. The event includes:

  • Beers, cocktails, and snacks
  • Rotating themes
  • Open access to classic and newer exhibits

Further information available here.


Tuesday on the Terrace | Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art
Photo Credit: Museum of Contemporary Art

220 East Chicago Avenue

Every Tuesday from 5:30 – 8 pm, enjoy a night on the terrace, which includes:

  • Dining options
  • Bar access for purchase
  • Access to galleries
  • Live jazz entertainment

More information available here.


Shedd After Hours | Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium
Photo Credit: Shedd Aquarium

Shedd hosts frequent after-hours events, each varying vastly from one another. For the 21 and older crowd only, the events consistently include:

  •  Delicious eats and cocktails
  • Access to special exhibits (touch experience & entertainment)
  • 4-D Experiences

Tickets are $19.95 for Chicago residents and $24.95 for non-residents. Their next event is Thursday, March 7 and features a Salsa Dance Party. There will be Salsa dancing, tropical exhibits, and more. Check here for further details. The Salsa Dance Party is from 6 – 10 pm.