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Lunar Eclipse Jam in Evanston on May 15th!

Thanks to the generous support of Citizens Greener Evanston, the Chicago Full Moon Jam is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a Lunar Eclipse Jam at the Arrington Lagoon in Dawes Park in Evanston on Sunday, May 15th between 7:00pm - 9:30pm!

As always, this will be a free-to-attend, family-friendly, leave-no-trace, and sober event. We thank everyone in advance for aiding us in cleaning up the parks after the Jam and for helping us leave the world better than when we arrived.

The Lunar Eclipse will begin at 9:27pm, so we will be ending the fire a bit early in order to fully appreciate the astronomical event. Please note that Dawes Park closes at 10:00pm and, as always, there will be no alcohol, illegal substances, open flames, fireworks, flash photography, lasers, or drones permitted per Park District laws.

Fire performances will take place on the lagoon terrace and folks are encouraged to sit around the lagoon to enjoy the show. The Arrington Lagoon is located near the Evanston lakefront about 5 blocks east of both the Davis Purple Line stop and the Metra UP-N Evanston Davis St. station. A small amount of paid street parking is located near the lagoon. Free public garage parking on Sundays is available about two blocks away at the Church Street Self Park with entrances from Church St. or Clark St. east of Chicago Avenue.

Drummers and dancers - we request that you gather in the grassy area Northwest of the Lagoon! Any fire performers that have taken FMJ Fire Safety Training since 2018 are welcome to participate (no sign-up necessary).

The City of Chicago wants us to start our season in June, but with a little luck and a lot of work, we have managed to put together this bonus Jam in Evanston in May. We will be announcing the return to our home site at Foster Beach and the rest of our season schedule soon, but until then, we are excited for this extra chance to gather with you all!

The Lunar Eclipse Jam in Evanston will be the first of many Jams hosted in new areas around Chicagoland, and we look forward to announcing a jam on the Southside of Chicago later this year. We want to thank you all for your support as we work to improve the accessibility of our event to more communities, and to better share our love of Dancing, Drumming, Fire, and the Moon with all!

Citizens’ Greener Evanston (CGE) is a 501 (c)(3) organization working to make Evanston a more environmentally just, sustainable, and resilient community. CGE’s programs focus on critical areas that will help the City achieve its climate goals: renewable energy, transportation, natural habitat, food, environmental justice, water, climate change, and waste. For more information, visit

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With love from us all,

Full Moon Jam Foundation

Photo by Daniel Livingstone

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