A month ago I stood in downtown Makanda, Illinois, an artsy kind of place with five storefronts facing railroad tracks on the other side of a country road. I entered the Eclipse Kitchen in hopes of a decent lunch. I got one along with an $18 tank top explaining the name of the eatery and the expected economic effect of the coming total solar eclipse.
If I were to film the ideal location to witness that first total eclipse in 99 years in the United States, it would be here. The village is surrounded by green hills with wide open skies above. Google “Makanda” to get the town’s official eclipse pitch.