Solar Eclipse | Aug. 21

The countdown begins for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017!

All Eyes on the Sky

This August (the 21st to be exact), the city of Chicago will be the closest it has been to a total solar eclipse in 92 years! At 11:54 am, we’ll have “all eyes on the sky” as the Moon starts to block our view of the Sun. Will you be joining us?

#LookUp With Us

At the Adler Planetarium

We’re hosting Chicago’s biggest eclipse block party celebrating all things solar with FREE outdoor activities and safe viewing of the Sun and the eclipse! Join fellow Chicagoans and visitors to our great city to share this spectacular celestial experience together as a community. We’re setting up under the Sun and filling our parking lot with partners from across the city to bring you live music, games, science demos, eclipse updates, trivia, food trucks, and more!

At Daley Plaza

Visit our satellite eclipse viewing party in downtown Chicago! Beginning at 11:30 am, Adler staff will be onsite with solar eclipse glasses (while supplies last) and telescope viewing opportunities.

At Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

We’ll also have a team of Adler astronomers and educators stationed downstate in Carbondale, Illinois—directly in the path of totality—to lead eclipse-day activities, answer questions, and experience the event with the public. The crowd is likely to be very large and to include eclipse-chasers from around the world! (Tickets available at eclipse.siu.edu.)

In Perryville, MO

Our Far Horizons team is headed to Perryville, Missouri, where they’ll be launching two high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere to capture 360° video of the total solar eclipse! Astronomers and experts will be on hand to answer questions and experience the event with the public.

FUN FACT: Perryville hasn’t seen rain on August 21, for the past eleven years! (More information available at www.visitperrycounty.com.)

Can't Make It In Person? Join Us From Wherever You Are!

If you can’t make it to any of our physical locations, not to worry! Grab your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and #LookUp wherever you are; don’t miss out on this rare celestial event! (Be sure to follow these safe solar-viewing guidelines.)

Where can I get solar eclipse glasses?

At Adler Planetarium

Solar eclipse glasses are no longer available with the purchase of Adler admission. To grab a pair, join us at the Adler on August 21 for Chicago’s Eclipse Fest, or at our satellite viewing party at Daley Plaza(While supplies last.) We hope you #LookUp with us!

From An Adler Brand Ambassador

As of 11:30 am, more than 1,500 people had lined up outside Lagunitas Brewing Company to get #EquippedtoEclipse! Because our offer of eclipse glasses was limited to the first 500 guests, we have opted to distribute the glasses early.

Glasses are no longer available at Lagunitas, but if you didn’t snag a pair, don’t worry! We’ll have a limited number of pairs available on Monday, and there are many other ways you can enjoy the eclipse with us. We hope to see you on Monday for Chicago’s Eclipse Fest!

At Suburban Library Branches

Several public libraries and library districts in the Chicago suburbs will be handing out eclipse glasses. Inquire with your local public library about availability. Many, but not all, of these libraries are shown on this map.

At Organizations Throughout Chicagoland

Below is a list of other organizations handing out Adler Planetarium’s solar viewing glasses, while supplies last. Each organization has created their own schedules for distribution. Please check with the organizations directly to inquire about distribution.

Important Information About Where to Purchase Glasses

A list of reputable vendors is available from the American Astronomical Society. Note that counterfeit glasses are coming in from other countries and have been on sale for some time. Just looking for the ISO certification printed on the glasses is NOT a way to tell if glasses are safe, as any vendor can print ISO certification information on their glasses. The only way to be sure your glasses are safe is to get them from the Adler Planetarium, one of our partners, and/or purchase from one of the vendors identified on the AAS web page listed above.

Other Resources

Get #EquippedToEclipse

If you plan on looking up—and we hope you do!—you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared with the proper gear. Regular sunglasses are NOT safe for viewing an eclipse, no matter what you may have heard!

Galaxy Ride

On August 14-19, Adler educators and astronomers will facilitate free daytime and evening telescope viewings at schools, libraries, restaurants, science centers, and other interesting places all near the path of totality of the upcoming solar eclipse!

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about eclipses, where to view August’s solar eclipse, or educational resources? Check out our eclipse FAQ!

Partner Viewing Locations

Partner Viewing Locations

The following locations will be handing out Adler-branded eclipse glasses while supplies last and some will also be hosting their own viewing parties. Check specific location websites for details.

Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Park District
Chicago Public Library
Morton Arboretum
Naper Settlement
Sea Dog Cruises
Wonder Works Children’s Museum

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