How to Enjoy the Solar Eclipse Safely with Your Family

August 17, 2017


Where to get free eclipse glasses and how to watch the event safely from Chicago."

They’re calling it the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, and while Chicago doesn’t lie directly in the path of “totality,” the sky will get ever-so-slightly darker here between noon and 2:30 p.m. on Monday, August 21, as the moon blocks about 86% of the sun from our vantage point. That hasn’t happened in the contiguous United States since 1979, and it won’t happen again until 2024.

Obviously, you don’t want to miss it! Here’s a guide to viewing the eclipse safely with your family.