Where, when the eclipse will be over Illinois – NBC Chicago

What some experts are describing as “the largest solar eclipse of our lifetime in the United States” will take place on Monday, and parts of the Midwest and Illinois will have a front-row seat to the action.

While parts of the state are in the coveted path to totality on April 8, meaning they will see the sun completely covered by the moon for several minutes, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs will experience an estimated totality of 94 %.

This number is greater than the 2017 eclipse and even all partial eclipses expected in the near future.

“The 2024 solar eclipse will be visible for approximately 120 miles of Illinois on April 8,” the Illinois Department of Transportation said in a statement. “Totality enters Illinois crossing the southwest Missouri state line at Carbondale at 1:58 p.m. The eclipse will follow a diagonal line through Fairfield and leave Illinois at Mount Carmel at 2:06 p.m..”

Crowds of “100,000 to 200,000” people are expected to travel to southern Illinois for the event, according to Illinois officials. In Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued an executive order warning that a “massive” number of people coming to the state for the eclipse could strain public safety services.

In Ohio, authorities urged residents to “stay home.”

“We’re telling everyone to stay home,” said Greta Johnson, deputy chief of staff and director of communications for the Summit County Executive. “Watch the clips at home and let your guests sleep on the couch. But be sure to keep everyone safe.”

Interactive solar eclipse map

13 states and countless cities lie in the path of the total solar eclipse. Here’s a comprehensive interactive map that shows where the eclipse will take place and when.

When will the eclipse occur over Illinois and Chicago?

Here’s a city-by-city breakdown of what to expect and when, according to NBC Chicago and Time and Date.


Start of partial eclipse: 12:50:22

Maximum eclipse: 14:06:37

End of partial eclipse: 15:21:07


Start of partial eclipse: 12:51:28

Maximum eclipse: 14:07:41

End of partial eclipse: 15:22:02


Start of partial eclipse: 12:50:03

Maximum eclipse: 14:06:09

End of partial eclipse: 15:20:36


Start of partial eclipse: 12:51:38

Maximum eclipse: 14:07:45

End of partial eclipse: 3:22:00 p.m.

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Start of partial eclipse: 12:51:29

Maximum eclipse: 14:07:20

End of partial eclipse: 15:21:26


Start of partial eclipse: 12:50:57

Maximum eclipse: 14:07:09

End of partial eclipse: 15:21:33

Orland Park

Start of partial eclipse: 12:50:48

Maximum eclipse: 14:07:10

End of partial eclipse: 15:21:42


Start of partial eclipse: 12:50:19

Maximum eclipse: 14:06:39

End of partial eclipse: 15:21:14


Start of partial eclipse: 12:51:05

Maximum eclipse: 14:07:10

End of partial eclipse: 15:21:29


Start of partial eclipse: 12:50:48

Maximum eclipse: 2:07:00 p.m.

End of partial eclipse: 3:21:25 p.m.

(Check your city here)

For those looking to go down the path of totality, here is a list of cities in Illinois that fall into this category, according to the Illinois DNR:


Totality begins: 13:59:15

Maximum eclipse: 14:01:20

End of totality: 14:03:25


Totality begins: 13:59:09

Maximum eclipse: 14:01:14

Complete end: 14:03:19

Alto Pass

Totality begins: 13:58:56

Maximum eclipse: 14:01:01

Complete end: 14:03:06


Totality begins: 14:01:19

Maximum eclipse: 14:03:21

End of totality: 14:05:23


Totality begins: 14:02:12

Maximum eclipse: 14:04:07

Complete end: 14:06:03


Totality begins: 14:00:39

Maximum eclipse: 14:02:04

Complete end: 2:03:30 p.m.


Totality begins: 14:03:25

Maximum eclipse: 14:03:49

Complete end: 14:04:13

Mount Vernon

Start of totality: 2:00:35 p.m.

Maximum eclipse: 14:02:28

End of totality: 14:04:20


Totality begins: 14:01:53

Maximum eclipse: 14:03:54

Complete end: 14:05:56

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