Adler After Dark Tickets
Adler After Dark tickets
Every third Thursday after 6 p.m., adults gather at the Adler Planetarium for Adler After Dark, a unique event that invites grown visitors to experience the attraction through the eyes of a child. Adler After Dark is no ordinary Adler experience, however; it includes space shows, live entertainment and expert lectures. Guests with Adler After Dark tickets can enjoy all this while sipping on alcoholic beverages and sampling food from Cafe Galileo's.
Adler After Dark's history
America's very first planetarium, the Adler Planetarium, was founded by Max Adler in 1930. Architect Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr. earned the gold medal for the American Institute of Architects' Chicago chapter in recognition of his work on the planetarium, later declared a National Historic Landmark. The museum experienced an underground expansion several decades later, followed by the opening of the acclaimed Doane Observatory. Since then, the planetarium has received regular updates, including the unveiling of the Space Visualization Laboratory and the transformation of the Sky Theater.
In an effort to attract more adults, the Adler Planetarium launched its After Dark program. Thanks to the program, the planetarium saw an explosion of interest from local adults and tourists alike. The Adler Planetarium has since launched a similar all-ages After Dark event, designed for adults under the age of 21 and families unable to find sitters for the usual 21+ After Dark events.
Adler After Dark's experience
Limited to astronomy lovers ages 21 and up, Adler After Dark brings a chill adults-only vibe to the Adler experience. Attendees enjoy open access to the full planetarium, along with unlimited sky shows. Many take advantage of the opportunity to see the Doane Observatory, which is the largest observatory open to the public.
Special guests regularly host lectures and play music during Adler After Dark, ensuring that visitors leave both educated and entertained. Often, the event features local DJs, who play catchy music as visitors hit the dance floor.
Adler After Dark's themes change every month, so most visitors never see the same show twice. Examples of past themes include Nightmare, Planetary Prom and Chinese New Year. Decor and entertainment changes significantly to fit each theme, but the emphasis always remains on space-based edutainment.
The Adler After Dark experience is widely hailed as the perfect date night, but many visitors also enjoy checking it out alongside close friends and family members.
Adler After Dark's awards
Chicago Reader voted Adler After Dark Chicago's Best After Hours Event. Additionally, the event has been named Best Date Night by Chicago Parent.
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