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On Monday, August 21, at about 11:52 a.m., the moon over Chicago will begin passing between the sun and the Earth, making for the first total solar eclipse to travel across the entire contiguous United States in 99 years. At approximately 1:19 p.m., the city will experience a maximum solar eclipse. Celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence in Chicago on the lakefront at the city's premier planetarium, on the high seas of Lake Michigan, or 94 floors above the city. 

15 Free Things to Do in Chicago in June

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 7:00 PM by Maddy Osman

Summertime is here in the Windy City, which means the list of free happenings is getting bigger and better. Read on for everything to do this month that will keep your social calendar and budget on track. Check out this variety of free things to do in Chicago this June — big name fests like Chicago Blues Festival, raucous celebrations like Chicago Pride Parade, and film screenings at Millennium Park.

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It's the first weekend of 2017 and we've already got some amazing Chicago events and activities you won't want to miss, many of which are free! Get ready to laugh at 180 shows at the Sketch Comedy Fest, tour some of Chicago's famous attractions, check out spectacular flower displays and go wild at Navy Pier's indoor fun zone: 170,000 square feet of rides and slides. It's time to make weekend plans... here's your guide.  

What is a Planet? Adler Planetarium Chicago exhibition

What is a Planet? is both the name and central question behind Adler Planetarium's latest exhibit, now open at Chicago's stellar lakefront astronomy museum.

It's especially timely, opening on the 10-year anniversary of the infamous Pluto controversy. In case you forgot (or learned about the planets after Pluto ceased to be one), the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto off the list of officially recognized planets, and demoted it to a "Dwarf Planet."

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When you go out to the end of Museum Campus, an unusually shaped building stretches out to the lakefront. It seems to be a mausoleum with its stony exterior, arched dome, and lack of windows. But with a pointed half-circle of steel and glass surrounding it, this building looks more like a space ship. This spectacular structure is the art deco Adler Planetarium. What goes on inside is nothing short of amazing, with simulations of the stars via the latest in projection technology. And the architecture of the building itself is worth some attention. 

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney have nothing on you. Leave your gravity behind: you're about to take off on a trip to space like you've never experienced before. You can travel to space all summer long and lift off is right here in Chicago at the Adler Planetarium with Destination Solar System, the first-ever simulated immersive tour of the Solar System.

Traveling with a toddler in tow is not always easy. Luckily, the three stars of Chicago's Museum Campus — the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum — all offer fun and educational play areas and activities for even the tiniest tots in your family. 

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