CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The Adler Planetarium will be celebrating next week's total solar eclipse by hosting a giant block party.
The planetarium announced that admission to the museum including the festivities will be free the entire day.
All attendees will also receive solar viewing glasses to safely view the historic event.
Several educational activies and presentations about the eclipse will be held throughout the day. Visitors can also experience live entertainment, hands-on science activities for all ages, an outdoor obstacle course, local food trucks, and more.
Inside the museum, guests can check out exhbitions, including the newest, Chasing Eclipses, which prepares visitors for the total solar eclipse. Guests will also be able to watch a live-feed of the total solar eclipse from locations that are in the path of totality.
The total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the United States for the first time since 1979. In Chicago, the moon will begin to block the view of the sun at 11:54 a.m. CST, covering up to 87 percent of it by 1:19 p.m.