Back to All Events


  • Adler Planetarium 1300 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)


That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind…”

Fifty years after Neil Armstrong uttered those iconic words, we celebrate the historic moment when millions around the globe saw humanity take its first steps on another world. Travel back to July 1969 with period-themed cocktails and music from The Stingers, and look forward to future “moonshots” with us⁠—only at Adler After Dark.

Get an insider look at Adler’s collection of Apollo and Moon-related artifacts and explore stories from those who were involved in the colossal human and technical endeavor that was Apollo 11 in a pop-up temporary exhibition, Small Steps, Giant Leaps.

Check out a new podcast—“Moonrise”—by our friends at The Washington Post with an exclusive advance listen in the Grainger Sky Theater, set against accompanying visuals for a unique immersive experience. “Moonrise” tells the real origin story behind America’s decision to go to the Moon, weaving together the dream of space travel, the nuclear arms race of the Cold War, the transformation of American society and politics, and even the birth of science fiction, to uncover a story that has so much to reveal about our country—and about being human. After the show, join a conversation with host Lillian Cunningham and a panel of space experts exploring the history and future of space travel. This event will take place as part of the Adler After Dark celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Top off your night with Project Apollo, a double dry hopped IPA brewed in collaboration with Solemn Oath BreweryBinny’s, and Omega Yeast that celebrates the 400,000 people who contributed to the success of the Apollo program! Select quantities of Project Apollo will be available for purchase at event bars.

Late 60s-style and space-age attire encouraged!

Plan your evening ahead of time with our event schedule.