Get More: Calusa Nature Center on upcoming solar eclipse

We're just four days away from the most hotly-anticipated heavenly event in decades-Monday's total solar eclipse-and demand for solar-eclipse glasses has become a bit, well, astronomical. Enjoy free outdoor activities-live music, games, science demos, eclipse updates, trivia, food trucks and more!-and safe viewing of the sun and the eclipse from the planetarium's prime lakefront location.

The North American solar eclipse is happening next week, and, thanks to the black-out hype, people are having trouble getting their hands on protective viewing glasses. In Chicago, at 11:54 am. This includes the newest exhibit, "Chasing Eclipses".

The block party kicks off with a "Mad Science" live show on stage at 10:30 a.m. -"Ask an Astronomer!" FAQ sessions (throughout the day) -Visit from Chicago Cubs mascot Clark - 11 a.m. Although the SF community will not be in the path of totality, there will be a rather dramatic partial solar eclipse in the area with almost 90% of the sun covered by the passing moon.

The activities go from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. with the eclipse starting around 1 p.m. -Fun in the Sun: A solar oven building demonstration by Kyle Sater, Manager of Program Development - 4:15 p.m.

In addition to the fest, Adler's exhibits will be available with reduced ticket prices.

City officials warn against looking directly at the sun without eclipse glasses.

  • Essie Rivera