Solar Eclipse Viewing Events in Chicagoland

The total solar eclipse will be occurring on Monday, August 21, 2017. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible to the continental United States in 38 years. For more information about the Eclipse, including safety precautions, times to view the eclipse, and resources, please visit NASA’s page here. In Illinois, the path of totality will be crossing in Carbondale and the eclipse will be visible from 11:52 AM until 2:47 PM.

If you plan to view the eclipse, please remember to obtain safety glasses to protect your eyes! Click here to buy the American Paper Optics eclipse glasses on Amazon. They have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. Visit the American Astronomical Society website for more information about other reputable brands and locations to obtain glasses.

If you would like to see this historic event locally, we have rounded up some local events for viewing:

Little Red Schoolhouse, Willow Springs 12:00- 2:45 pm, Free

Thomas Ford Library, McClure Junior High, Western Springs 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Free

Wonder Works, Oak Park 10:00 am -12:00 pm, $7/per person

Adler Planetarium, Chicago 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, Free

Daley Plaza, Chicago 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Free

May 2021 Family-Friendly Events

Westchester Public Library 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Free

Morton Arboretum 11:00 am -2:00 pm, included with Arboretum admission

Naper Settlement, Naperville11:00 am – 2:00 pm, $5/per person

Sea Dog Cruises, Chicago 11:45 am – 1:45 pm, Adults from $36.95, children from $21.95

Evanston Public Library 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Free

Joliet Junior College 11:45 am – 2:45 pm, Free

Oak Park Public Library 11:45 am- 2:53 pm, Free

Chicago Public Library, Harrison Park 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Free

Chicago Botanic Gardens 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Free (regular parking fees apply)

Cernan Observatory, River Grove 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Free

Chicago Children’s Museum 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Did we miss a location for an Eclipse watching party? Please leave a note in the comments so we may update our list! This post contains affiliate links, which means that a small portion of the sale supports Kidlist.

About the Author

Liz Haskins
Liz is a mom of three equally active and adorable sons, aged six, eight and twelve. As a child, her family moved to Western Springs from Central Illinois, and she and her husband are thrilled to raise their own family here. She works two days a week as a medical assistant, so she tries to fill her time with the boys outside of school with activities that they can all enjoy. This winter, they’ve enjoyed swimming at a few indoor pools, and the boys love going to zoos and children’s museums. In the summer they love to do anything outdoors; they try to hit a different park every week! Their go-to for indoor days are open play spaces that have a range of activities to accommodate her children’s age differences. Outside of being a mom and working, Liz’s passions are photography, reading, and, as an extrovert, she loves meeting new people and connecting over mutual interests.

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