Solar Eclipse Party in Lake County


Don’t film the solar eclipse, experience it! “Experience this one emotionally, psychologically, physically.” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson told an audience at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

A solar eclipse is a once in a blue moon experience (dad pun landed). The United States will have a show provided for them on the national stage as this is the first coast-to-coast eclipse in nearly a century.

The solar eclipse is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 21 at 11:58 a.m. CST and the full coverage eclipse will occur around 1:20 p.m.

Although Wyoming,  Nebraska, Oregon, Missouri, southern Illinois, Georgia and a slew of other states will have a full view of the solar eclipse, that doesn’t stop the party in Lake County, IL.


Visitors and residents of Lake County will be able to see over 85 percent of the solar eclipse, and some of our exceptional communities are throwing a box social to celebrate.

The last solar eclipse that was visible in the United States was in 2012, and there won’t be another one visible in the country until 2023. The last time Chicago was this close to the path of totality for a total solar eclipse was in 1806!

Here’s another fun fact: In 1935, there were five solar eclipses (which is pretty rare).

Don’t forget to purchase the right glasses, because sunglasses won’t help you see the eclipse and it could damage your eyes. Scroll down to see where you can get the proper specs.

Let’s take a look at who’s hosting a solar eclipse party in Lake County.

Antioch Public Library
757 Main St., Antioch
11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
A limited number of glasses available.

Aspen Drive Library
701 Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills
Free Admission
A limited number of glasses available.

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free admission; parking fees apply
Glasses provided while supplies last.

Mundelein Park & Recreation District
1401 N. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein
12:30-2 p.m.
Free Admission
Limited glasses are available.


Cook Library
4133 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
12:45 p.m.
Free Admission
Viewing glasses are available.

Crabtree Nature Center
3 Stover Rd., Barrington
11:45 a.m.-12-45 p.m.
Free admission
See the eclipse through the Barrington center’s filtered scope.

Ela Area Public Library
275 Mohawk Trl., Lake Zurich
11:54 a.m.-2:43 p.m.
Free admission
The Lake Zurich library will provide glasses and snacks.

Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center
21950 N. Riverwoods Dr., Riverwoods
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free admission
Limited supplies of glasses are available.

Jack Benny Center for the Arts
39 Jack Benny Dr., Waukegan
12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Free admission

Waukegan Municipal Beach
201 E. Sea Horse Dr., Waukegan
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Glasses provided for the first 200 visitors.

Where to Find Glasses to Fully Enjoy the Solar Eclipse

According to the American Astronomical Society, here is a list of the reputable vendors of solar filters, viewers and glasses:

  • American Paper Optics/
  • APM Telescopes (Sunfilter glasses)
  • Baader Planetarium
  • Celestron (Eclipsmart glasses and viewers)
  • DayStar (Solar glasses)
  • Explore Scientific (Solar eclipse sun catcher glasses)
  • Halo Solar Eclipse Spectacles
  • Jaxy Optical Instrument Co. Ltd
  • Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses)
  • Meade instruments
  • Rainbow Symphony (E)clipse shades
  • Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)
  • Solar Eclipse International
  • Thousand Oaks Optical
  • TSE 17/110th.De (Solar filter foil)

It’s a party in the sky and everyone’s eyes are invited. However, you can’t go sky gazing without the proper protection. Here’s where you can find REAL eclipse-viewing glasses.

Retail In-store Locations in Lake County (call ahead to see if they have them)

  • 7-11: Antioch, Beach Park, Deerfield, Grayslake, Hainesville, Highland Park, Island Lake, Lake Barrington, Lake Forest Oasis, Lake Zurich, Lindenhurst, Mundelein, Round Lake Beach, Vernon Hills and Zion
  • Best Buy: Killdeer, Gurnee, Vernon Hills and Pleasant Prairie, WI
  • Circle K: Barrington Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Mundelein, Grayslake, Gurnee and Lake Villa
  • Lowe’s: Gurnee and Vernon Hills
  • Walmart: Lake Zurich, Vernon Hills, Zion, Round Lake Beach, Antioch,
  • Waukegan and Gurnee



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