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Availability of Adler Planetarium’s Safe Solar-Viewing Glasses

The Adler Planetarium is thrilled about the excitement in Chicago around the upcoming solar eclipse and for our safe solar-viewing glasses. In anticipation of this rare celestial event, we have distributed nearly a quarter million glasses to people via our giveaway events around the city over the last few weeks.

To ensure there will be enough glasses for guests at Chicago’s Eclipse Fest on Monday, August 21, the day the eclipse will occur, the Adler Planetarium will not be giving away additional safe-solar viewing glasses until then. A limited supply will be available on Monday at:

  1. Adler Planetarium beginning at 9:30 a.m. – 30,000 glasses will be distributed
  2. Daley Plaza beginning at 11:30 a.m. – 10,000 glasses will be distributed

Both locations will have a limit of one pair of glasses per person, while supplies last.

We encourage Chicagoans to share glasses with a friend or family member, and explore additional ways to safely view the solar eclipse. For more information on safe solar-viewing, visit

About the Adler:

The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—is more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community exploring the Universe together. Each year, nearly 570,000 visitors experience the museum’s interactive exhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEM education programs, and world-class collections. Founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler, the Adler Planetarium is a recognized leader in public engagement. The museum’s scientists, historians, and educators inspire the next generation of explorers and invite you to explore space with us.

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