Livestream Stock Image

Live Streams and Virtual Content

There is never a shortage of things to do on The Magnificent MileThere is always a new special exhibit or performance to see. But what do you do when you are stuck "sheltering in place" at home?

How can you explore a collection of classic or contemporary art in cyberspace? And what about the cute animals and aquatic creatures eagerly awaiting your return to the zoo or the aquarium? 

Thankfully, attractions, museums and other cultural institutions around The Magnificent Mile are innovating more than ever. They are providing you access online and via social media, including live streams, educational series and interactive activities for kids and adults.

We are thrilled to share our recommendations below!

Visit Virtually

  • Art Institute of Chicago

    Visit Virtually

    Wherever you are, whatever the time, online resources at the Art Institute of Chicago are always here to connect you to our collection of art from around the world—whether you’re seeking inspiration, community, or a little adventure.

    Explore the collection with interactive features, as well as the blog, highlights and videos. Plus, download the free mobile app and hear directly from curators, conservators and community members about art in the collection.

    El Greco: The Online Experience 

    During the weeks at home, explore the exhibition El Greco: Ambition and Defiance with a short video tour led by curator Rebecca Long and research associate Jena Carvana. Follow along as they lead you through the galleries and share some of the reasons El Greco and his work continue to fascinate us.

    Experience more of this major exhibition with a host of online features, including blog posts, interactive features, the exhibition audio tour, and more! 

    Art Institute of Chicago
    111 S. Michigan Avenue | (312) 443-3600

  • Brookfield Zoo

    Bringing the Zoo to You

    Brookfield Zoo is closed to the public through April 30, but their Facebook page remains a daily resource that is both educational and entertaining, especially if you have young kids at home! Tune in daily at 11 AM CST on Facebook Live for a different topic and follow #BringingTheZooYou for the latest. Watch all the chats to date.

    Plus, check out a bunch of other fun videos throughout the week.

    One of the zoo's largest expenses, which cannot be reduced, is the daily care and feeding of the animals. It costs roughly $41,000 per day for all of the 2,500+ animals under their care. For those who are able, please consider donating to help with that daily care. 

    Brookfield Zoo
    3300 Golf Road | (708) 688-8000

  • Chicago Architecture Center

    The History of Your Home

    The Chicago Architecture Center will temporarily close to the public through March 31, 2020, but remains committed to their mission to introduce people to Chicago, its neighborhoods and its unparalleled architecture. Learn more about specific cancellations and postponed programs, and then head to CAC Facebook page for exciting time-lapse videos, engaging content, and prompts for your own at-home research.

    For instance, while you are "sheltering in place," why not learn more about the history of your Chicago home?

    Remember, your support today is crucial to the stability of the CAC through this crisis. Please consider supporting the CAC today with a tax-deductible donation, online at architecture.org/donate.

    Chicago Architecture Center
    111 E. Wacker Drive | (312) 922-3432

  • International Museum of Surgical Science

    Search "Surgical Science"

    Since 1954, the International Museum of Surgical Science has provided education on the history and progress of surgery and related medical sciences to hundreds of thousands of visitors. Unfortunately, the museum is currently closed to the public.

    Meanwhile, advances in computer graphics and imaging are generating new opportunities to aid in understanding the rapidly evolving discoveries in both science and healthcare. Don't miss out! Check out the museum's Facebook page for an inside look at the latest exhibits, including Unique Perspectives: Art in Science and Medicine.

    Download the museum's app for free! Search “Surgical Science” in your app store to enjoy virtual tours and more.

    International Museum of Surgical Science

    1524 N. Lake Shore Drive | (312) 642-6502

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

    Art at Home

    The Museum of Contemporary Art is closed through March 29. In the meantime, follow the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago @mcachicago on social media for ways to explore the art and exhibitions, as well as future livestreaming opportunities.

    Engage with the MCA blog, like with the Art at Home series of simple, fun activities created by Chicago artists that you can produce with whatever materials you’ve got on hand. Whether you're a worker socially isolated at home in need of a break, or a family looking to entertain your young ones who are home from school, these e-learning resources are for everyone!

    Your purchase at the MCA Store helps support the museum and staff during a difficult time of closure.

    Museum of Contemporary Art
    220 E. Chicago Avenue | (312) 280-2660

  • Shedd Aquarium

    Sea Curious

    Shedd Aquarium has been sparking compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world since 1930. While the aquarium is closed to the public through April 20, they are still here for the important questions, like your kiddo may be asking you. For instance, “What does animal poop look like?"

    Dive into questions about your favorite animals with a new video series, "Sea Curious: Kid Questions, Animal Answers." Plus, check out their Facebook page for daily videos.

    If you are able, gifts to Shedd can come in many shapes and sizes, but they all make a difference, from supporting everyday operations to sending a team of animal care experts halfway around the world to help rehabilitate hundreds of stranded penguins. Please consider a donation.

    Shedd Aquarium
    1200 S. Lakeshore Drive | (312) 939-2438

Your Support Counts!

  • Richard H. Driehaus Museum

    A Thing of Beauty

    Richard H. Driehaus Museum has currently closed to the public. This decision was made in consultation with colleagues at Chicago-area institutions, and in consideration of information provided by government officials, the Department of Public Health and the CDC.

    During these stressful times, appreciate the daily #AThingofBeauty posts on the museum's Facebook page and other looks inside the museum.

    If you previously purchased tickets to visit the museum during this closure, you may send an email to info@driehausmuseum.org to:

    • Exchange your tickets for another date
    • Receive a full refund
    • Donate the value of your tickets to the Museum and receive a tax donation receipt

    Driehaus Museum
    40 E. Erie Street | (312) 482-8933 Ext 21

  • Ruth Page Center for the Arts

    While Class is Cancelled, Support the Community at Large

    The Ruth Page School of Dance has suspended all classes through April 20. This closure is in accordance with the CDC's recommendations on mitigating the spread of COVID-19, and city-mandated cessations of all public and private school in-person instruction.

    When our doors do re-open, we will be extending all Adult Drop-In class purchases (including single and multi-pack credits) well past their usual 3-month expiry. Any existing or pre-purchased credits will be available through the end of the Adult Term on Saturday, July 18, 2020.  

    During this time, The Center is committed to supporting the many teachers and staff members who dedicate their time and expertise to The Ruth Page Center, School, and performing arts community at large. COVID-19 is having an unexpected impact on us all – as a non-profit organization, this includes financial implications for The Center. If you are able, please consider forgoing any tuition refund request.

    Donations to The Center are graciously accepted – any additional funds help to further ensure security for our staff and faculty.

    Ruth Page Center for the Arts
    1016 N. Dearborn Street | (312) 337-6543


Don’t miss out
ON Magnificent updates

Sign up for our magnificent updates. A round up of fun events, exclusive deals and happenings along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Never miss a magnificent moment.