On August 21, 2017, the solar eclipse mesmerized people across the U.S. as the moon passed between the sun and earth. In Chicago, thousands headed toward the Adler Planetarium by car, by bus or by walking. The Museum handed out 35,000 pairs of special eclipse glasses so that individuals could safely experience this once in a lifetime phenomenon. The lakefront by the Planetarium also has one of the best views of the Chicago skyline. At 1:19 PM, the coverage reached its peak in Chicago- not quite reaching totality, but still quite impressive.