Campsite reservations open for sites in solar eclipse zone

CHICAGO — You may want to start planning now for a total solar eclipse happening next year.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced today that campsite reservations are now available at state parks in southern Illinois.

More than 1,600 campsites are available to be reserved in advance.

Some sites also allow group campgrounds and picnic shelters to be reserved. Additional campsites are available for walk-up campers on a first-come, first-served basis.

The total solar eclipse is scheduled for August 21, 2017, but the Chicago area is not in the path. You’ll have to travel to far southern Illinois, around Carbondale, to see the event.

For more information, or to reserve a campsite, visit: