As a VENUEHost your event…

Host an event that is out of this world. Reserve a front row seat to the Universe in one of the museum’s two domed theaters, enjoy a selection of self-directed and staff-facilitated activities, explore 60,000 square feet of exhibitions, and see the sky as you never have before through the Doane Observatory’s research-quality telescope. Named one of The Knot’s 2019 picks for ‘Best of Weddings,’ the Adler features unique and beautiful spaces, great food, and a view of Chicago’s skyline that will take your breath away. Our experienced event and catering teams will help you design the perfect package to meet your needs. Whether you’re hosting a seated event for 50 or a reception for 1,200, your guests will be dazzled by the city lights, the excellent service, and the wonders of the Universe.

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As a SHOPDiscover unique gifts…

The Adler Store offers something for everyone! You’ll find: * educational toys & games * space books & videos, Adler gear, and * much more in-store and online. Proceeds from your purchase support scientific research and STEM education throughout the Midwest. Merchandise is catalogued within these collections: * Apparel * Books * Food * Home * Souvenirs * Toys, and * Telescopes.

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As an EATERYFood for thought…

For a nice, relaxing lunch and the best view of the Chicago skyline, there’s nowhere better than the Cosmic Café. Cosmic Café provides a variety of freshly prepared options, including an array of: * soups * sandwiches * salads * flatbreads * beverages, and * desserts.

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Be a DONORShow that you care…


We all have the potential to discover something great. Help the Adler unlock the potential in every mind with a tax-deductible gift.

  • Make a Gift Online: Your tax-deductible contribution will support dynamic and innovative programs, exhibitions, and sky shows; observing opportunities and frontier research in astronomy and astrophysics; world-class collection of scientific artifacts; hands-on engagement and mentorship opportunities for early learners, teens, and STEAM professionals. Designated amounts are suggested or you may customize your gift. You may give to honor or in memory of someone special.
  •  Alan B. Shepard Society: Members of The Alan B. Shepard Society make annual gifts of $1,000 and greater to support the Adler’s exhibitions, sky shows, and visitor programs; and help the Adler serve 550,000 visitors a year with inspiring science experiences. Shepard Society members also enable education, outreach, and research programs.
  • Friends Circle: Friends Circle members make annual gifts of $350 – $999 in support of the Adler’s mission. These contributions help us to connect people to the universe and each other through a combination of digital and in-person programming, and ensure the quality of the Adler’s activities, from exhibits to virtual programming, education, and beyond.
  • Planned Giving: Members of The Max and Sophie Adler Society leave a legacy that ensures the Adler will provide extraordinary visitor experiences for generations to come through a life-income gift or bequest.
    • Bequest: A gift you make by naming the Adler in your will or estate plan.
    • Life Insurance Policy, Retirement Plan, or IRA: A gift of an old or new insurance policy or retirement account naming the Adler as beneficiary and owner.
    • Charitable Lead Trust: A trust pays an income to the Adler for a period of years before you and your heirs receive the remainder.
    • Charitable Remainder Trust: A trust pays income to you – or those you name – before the Adler receives the remainder.
    • Charitable Gift Annuity: A gift to the Adler in exchange for quarterly payments to you or your spouse. The commencement date and amount of the payments will be agreed upon at the time of the gift and cannot be changed.
  • Matching Gifts: Matching gifts can double the impact of your gift to the Adler! Check with your human resources department to see if your company has a matching gifts program.
  • AmazonSmile: When you shop at Amazon Smile, you have the added bonus of Amazon donating 0.5% of your purchase price to the Adler Planetarium. Visit to designate the Adler Planetarium as your charity of choice. Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the museum every time you shop!
  • Corporate Sponsorship: Each year, over 550,000 visitors experience the museum’s interactive exhibitions, live, state-of-the-art planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEAM education programs, cutting-edge research, and world class collections. The Adler has a variety of prestigious sponsorship opportunities available that can be designed to meet your unique business objectives.
  • Corporate Membership: Discover all of the benefits that an Adler Corporate Membership has to offer. Invite your employees to engage in hands-on, minds-on science experiences while contributing vital support to America’s First Planetarium. Adler Planetarium Corporate Members are a premier group of companies that provide vital annual support for the museum and allow the Adler to offer innovative science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) programming to more than 535,000 visitors, teachers, and schoolchildren each year. This group is instrumental in advancing the museum’s mission to inspire the next generation of explorers.

Volunteer: Volunteers are a vital presence at the Adler, helping carry out the mission of the museum by directly engaging with guests or assisting behind-the-scenes. We recruit on a seasonal basis and match potential volunteers with opportunities that meet a combination of their skills, interests, background, and schedule availability. Thanks for your interest in volunteering at the Adler!

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