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Thousands head to Chicago parks for solar eclipse

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Chicago residents are outdoors en masse to experience the celestial phenomenon

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Today is the big day: a rare solar eclipse that will block the sun is currently happening across North America. In Chicago, the eclipse started around 11:54 a.m. and will peak at 1:19 p.m. when the moon will block 87% of the sun. Anticipating the celestial phenomenon, thousands of Chicago residents have already descended upon Chicago parks and other public spaces to get a view of the eclipse. Unfortunately, the weather isn’t exactly cooperation, but it’s not stopping people from heading outdoors en masse.

Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium is hosting one of the biggest celebrations today with a full day of activities and events. The Adler has also been a major distributor of certified solar glasses to various watch parties throughout the city. Despite the overcast weather, folks are still crowding outside of the planetarium and enjoying themselves. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do around the Adler this morning.

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Apparently all of Chicago is on the way to the Adler Planetarium. #solareclipse

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Maggie Daley Park

Millennium Park

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Comfort Station

Humboldt Park

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Chicago Botanic Garden

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Maggie Daley Park

337 East Randolph Street, , IL 60601 (312) 552-3000 Visit Website

Millennium Park

201 East Randolph Street, , IL 60602 (312) 742-1168 Visit Website

Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road, , IL 60022 (847) 835-5440 Visit Website

Comfort Station

2579 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 Visit Website

Millennium Park

, , IL 60601

Adler Planetarium

1300 South Lake Shore Drive, , IL 60605 Visit Website