Chicago’s Eclipse Fest | Aug. 21

Chicago's Eclipse Fest at the Adler Planetarium | August 21, 2017


The Adler is hosting Chicago’s biggest eclipse block party featuring 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 programming from partners across the city. Enjoy live entertainment, hands-on science for all ages, local food trucks, eclipse updates, and more.

The first 30,000 Eclipse Fest guests will get #EquippedToEclipse with a free pair of safe solar viewing glasses! Due to high demand, there is a limit of one (1) per person while supplies last.

This event is free to the public. Guests are asked to keep in mind that eclipse glasses distribution will not begin until 9:30 am.

Inside the museum, guests will receive free general admission to check out our exhibitions, including our latest, Chasing Eclipses, which prepares you to experience an eclipse.

What To Expect

Solar Eclipse Main Stage

  • Live coverage of the solar eclipse from Chicago and Carbondale, IL
  • Ask an Astronomer
  • Man on the Street interviews
  • Eclipse trivia
  • Mad Science, live on stage

Solar Science Activities & Challenges

  • Human chalk sundials
  • Create your own sundials
  • Solar car races
  • Solar ovens
  • Build your own pinhole projector

For the Family

  • Light and shadow activities
  • Telescope viewing
  • Selfies From Space
  • Carnival fun, including giant Jenga®, bean bag tosses, gladiator obstacle course, giant bounce house and more

Indoor Activities

*Runtime for “Eclipse Watch” is approx. 12 minutes and approx. 30 minutes for all standard Adler shows. Please keep this in mind when selecting shows as you purchasing tickets.

Partner Programs

We’re also excited to host friends from all over the Chicago area! Check out booths from some of the most awesome Chicago institutions, teams, services, and more!

American Writers Museum
Bike and Roll
Broadway in Chicago
Chicago Park District
Chicago Sky
The Field Museum
Honest Tea
ISEA Solar Ambassadors
Lincoln Park Zoo
Museum of Science and Industry
Navy Pier
Shawn Hayes, chalk artist
Shedd Aquarium
Whole Foods
United States Postal Service

More to come!

Parking and Transportation

The parking lot adjacent to the Adler will be used for eclipse activities and unavailable for parking. If you plan to drive, please plan to park in one of the other available lots on Museum Campus.

An accessible shuttle will be provided between Solider Field and Chicago’s Eclipse Fest between 9:30 am and 6:30 pm. Pickup with be on the north side of Soldier Field near the CTA bus stop and will drop riders off at the Adler.

We strongly encourage the use of public transportation. Take the Red, Orange, or Green line train to the Roosevelt CTA stop which offers connections to #146 and #130 buses, located at State and Roosevelt Road.

Planning to arrive by bike? Take Divvy from any of the 580+ locations across Chicagoland and enjoy hassle-free station parking with Divvy bike valet. (Use code ADLERIDE to get $2 off a Divvy 24-Hour Pass, which gives you access to thousands of bikes for a 24-hour period.)

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.


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