How To See the Northern Lights
Per the SWPC's 3-Day Forecast tool, there's a G2 alert from 5-8pm EST. A G2 alert would bring the aurora as far south as the yellow line on the above map, covering 19 states, but it'll be too early and light out for that to have any impact on your ability to see the aurora. From 11pm-2am EST there's a G1 alert, which will cover the states mentioned above.
Despite the obvious joke that you should look up to see the northern lights, it's not quite that simple. At least, it's not for most people in the US.
You'll need to get far from the light pollution of urban centers in order to see the show. An SWPC representative previously told Thrillist, "You need very clear skies, a good view of the northern horizon (no trees, buildings, or hills), and it needs to be dark." You'll need that view of the northern horizon because, unless you're somewhere like Alaska or Iceland, the lights will be seen along the horizon rather than directly overhead.
Events like this pop up from time to time, but it's not a common occurrence. It's even more uncommon to be in the right place with the right weather in the contiguous US. Add in that the solar cycle is near its minimum, making events like this occur with less frequency, and tonight's a great opportunity to get out and check an item off your bucket list. (Alternatively, you could take advantage of cheap flights to Iceland and see them there this winter, but it's a little easier to just drive outside the city.)