Perseid Meteor Shower, via science1.nasa.gov
This is one time you won’t get shooed away by cops for staying too late at Chicago beaches. A couple of them, anyway.
According to Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, “We expect to see meteor rates as high as a hundred per hour. The Perseids always put on a good show.”
The biggest blast of shooting stars occurs between August 10 and 13, and the aforementioned Chicago locations suffer less from light pollution than many others closer to downtown. Acclaimed astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, calls the Perseids his “favorite celestial fireworks display.”
Evanston’s Lighthouse Beach will extend its access hours to midnight as well.