Private Events

Host Your Next Event At The Adler

With breathtaking skyline views, the Adler Planetarium is an iconic Chicago venue providing a unique and memorable location for your private event. Whether a seated event for 50 or a reception for 1,200, your guests will be dazzled by everything the Adler has to offer.

For private events inquiries, please contact Director of Venue Sales Michelle Holdeman at or 312-542-2428.


Skyline Solarium

Be awe-inspired by the panoramic view of the Chicago skyline from our Skyline Solarium. The Skyline Solarium features floor to ceiling windows making it the premier event space at the Adler. The terraces are included with the rental of the Sky Solarium.

Square Footage
3,700 sq ft

325 – Seated Dinner with Dance Floor
375 – Seated Dinner without Dance Floor
475 – Cocktail Reception
1200 – Standing Reception

Clark Family Welcome Gallery

The Gallery features futuristic architecture and colorful lighting, which can be customized, creating a one-of-a-kind venue for cocktails or an intimate dinner.

Square Footage
2,822 sq ft

80 – Seated Dinner
150 – Cocktail Reception (300 in conjunction with the Rainbow Lobby)

Grainger Sky Theater

With a domed ceiling scaling 36 feet high, the Grainger Sky Theater offers your guests a truly unique, 360-degree, immersive experience for a seated dinner, cocktail or lounge area, dancing or a presentation.

Square Footage
4,070 sq ft

199 – Seated Dinner or Theater Seating
490 – Cocktail Reception

Rainbow Lobby

The Adler’s Rainbow Lobby, named for the rainbows created by afternoon sunlight streaming through its prismatic doors, is a regal entrance for any party. Use the area for cocktails or as a grand entrance for your event.

Square Footage
1,400 sq ft

150 – Cocktail Reception (300 in conjunction with the Clark Family Welcome Gallery)


Enjoy unparalleled views of Chicago’s skyline from the North Terrace and Sundial Plaza. The terraces provide a scenic spot for cocktails, wedding ceremonies or just taking in the city’s worldfamous sight.

Square Footage
899 sq ft – North Terrace
3,600 sq ft – Sundial Plaza

500 – Cocktail Reception

Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater

Our newly renovated Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater is the perfect setting for a lecture or presentation.

239 – Theater Seating


Food For Thought is the exclusive catering partner of the Adler Planetarium. For over 30 years, delicious food and gracious hospitality have been the driving principles behind Food For Thought. Together, we create the magic behind your moment. 

Each menu and every event is customized during a planning process that is exciting, individualized, and creative. We invite you to prepare for the experience…imaginative presentation, irresistible flavors, flawless execution and alluring events.

Corporate Catering Packages
Wedding Catering Packages


Pricing ranges from $5,500 – $9,000.  We are happy to offer non-profit organizations a 30% discount off our standard pricing for events above 100 guests. Please contact your sales consultant for information on insurance requirements.

There is a 150 minimum guest count on Saturday’s from June through October.  Pricing is subject to change. A group rate of $2,500 is available for small groups Sunday through Thursday.

Additional Services

Enhance your event with experiences only the Adler can provide. Treat your guests to a show in the Grainger Sky Theater or Definiti Space Theater, telescope viewing on our terraces or in the Doane Observatory,  or custom logo projection in the Clark Family Welcome Gallery. 

We can help you to create a truly unique experience for you and your guests. Contact your sales consultant for more information.

Find Us On Pinterest

Get inspiration for your event by checking out our Pinterest page to see the unforgettable experiences we have created for clients in the past.