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Adler Planetarium is FREE & Hosts Block Party on Solar Eclipse Day – August 21

On Monday August 21, 2017, the Adler Planetarium is FREE as the solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) across all of North America. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon blocks any part of the Sun. In Chicago, the eclipse will begin at approximately 11:54 am. At 1:19 pm, the Moon will block 87% of the Sun.    Where will you be? Come experience it with the Adler Planetarium!


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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 from across the city. Enjoy live entertainment, hands-on science for all ages, local food trucks, eclipse updates, and more. Additionally, all guests will get #EquippedToEclipse with free safe solar viewing glasses while supplies last.


This event is free to the public. 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.



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

  • Solar eclipse talk-back experience
  • Adler Collections Corner
  • Cooling station (stay cool from the heat)
  • And more!


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.   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.)




The Adler Planetarium in Chicago also offers free admission throughout 2017 on Illinois Resident Discount Days.   On these free days in 2017general admission to the planetarium is free.  There is an additional fee for shows and the Atwood Sphere.  Check out all the latest free days in 2017 at Adler Planetarium below.    Call 312.922.STAR or click below for discounts and details.

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