Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties

August 18, 2017

On Monday August 21, 2017, a 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. Please see below viewing parties happening across the city.


Here are tips from NASA on how to view the eclipse safely.




Adler Planetarium

Door Open at 9:30am

Free Admission

More info.


Daley Plaza

Beginning at 11:30 am

Adler is hosting an eclipse viewing party in downtown Chicago!

Adler staff will be onsite with solar eclipse glasses (while supplies last) and telescope viewing opportunities.


Chicago Public Libraries

The city's libraries are hosting viewing parties galore—find one near you here


Sprinkles Cupcakes

The cupcake emporium will be doling out free black velvet cupcakes to the first 50 customers in line. Monday at 9am.


The J. Parker

If you have time for a very leisurely afternoon, head to this Lincoln Park rooftop for unbeatable views and a themed Lunar Brunch with sun- and moon-inspired beverages. Monday from 9am to 2pm.


Chicago Athletic Association

Gear up for the big event with an eclipse celebration this weekend. The hotel's pop-up dive bar concept is teaming with fields Magazine on an out-of-this-world evening, complete with fiction readings, live music and comedy. Saturday, August 19 from 5 to 10pm.


360 Chicago

If you're looking to shimmy off your mid-afternoon slump, pop over to 360 Chicago for an eclipse dance party on the Observation Deck. The event includes Revolution Brewing's Sun Crusher hoppy wheat ale for purchase and a space-themed playlist. Monday from 11am to 3pm.


Seadog Cruises

Get on an open-air speedboat for a 45-minute cruise on Lake Michigan as the moon passes between the sun and the earth. Boarding begins at 12:45pm Monday, cruise 1–1:45pm. $21.95–$36.95.


Comfort Station

Camp out on the Logan Square venue's lawn for an afternoon of sky-watching. Monday from 11:30am to 2:45pm


Chicago Botanic Garden

Pack your lawn chair and head to the picturesque park for a free viewing party, which includes glasses (one per family). Monday from 11am to 3pm.


Outside Chicago locations