Solar Eclipse Viewing Events in Chicagoland

Resources for Families

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

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.

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