The Adler Planetarium, in Chicago Illinois, is closed nights, and quiet beneath the stars -- except for the third Thursday every month, when the doors open to folks 21 and up for 'Adler After Dark.'
This month, guests are invited to mingle among ghouls and aliens, learn about gruesome stories of the sky, and sip cocktails with "worm" garnishes.
Dress in Costume
Dress in costume, like a scary monster or alien for example, and enter a Costume Contest for chances to win prize packages, like Adler After Dark tickets and free drinks!
Look Up to the Scary Sky
Enter the Adler Sphere to gaze at a starry sky display -- and hear some of the gruesome stories behind the constellations.
For example, Cassiopeia is one of the constellations we folks in the northern hemisphere may see all year round. She was the queen of ancient Ethiopia. She was vain, and bragged about being more beautiful than the sea nymphs. She angered the god Poseidon who sent a sea monster Cetus to ravage Cassiopeia's kingdom. To cease the destruction and bloodshed, Cassiopeia promised to sacrifice her daughter, Andromeda, to Cetus. She had Andromeda chained to a rock, to be mauled to death by the sea monster.
Yet Andromeda was saved by Perseus, who had just decapitated the wretched Medusa whose face could turn one who looks at it to stone. Perseus was holding Medusa's severed head by the snake hair. He used the head as a weapon against the sea monster, and saved the princess Andromeda.
Dissatisfied, Poseidon punished Cassiopeia by placing her in the heavens tied to a throne. Now Cassiopeia's bright stars show the namesake queen, tied to a throne for eternity, half the time upside down.
Slurp Rummy Worms
Sip this month's After Dark signature cocktail, the Rummy Worm. It packs a wallop, and has candy worm garnishes. Here's the recipe:
1 part Rum
2 parts Coca Cola
1 part Grenadine
Gummy Worms, for garnish
*Stir together the rum, Cola, and Grenadine. Pour over ice and garnish with a gummy worms.
More information: "Adler After Dark" evenings include access to the Planetarium general admission areas, music entertainment, appetizers, and a cash bar.
After Dark admission also includes a chance to gaze through the Doane Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the Midwest that's open to the public. This is included in the After Dark admission, yet registration is required.
The October Adler After Dark is on the 20th, and is titled "Spooky Space," and includes a Trick-or-Treat buffet, and music by DJ Tim Zawada.
Hours are 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are $17, or $12 if ordered online in advance. For more details, visit here or call (312) 922-STAR.