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DIY Activities during COVID-19

Picture it: you're on the couch at 1:00 PM on a Tuesday. (Better yet, you are not sure what day it is.)

You are bored but antsy. You would rather be exploring the iconic, thirteen-block stretch of The Magnificent Mile or Chicago's scenic lakefront. Instead, you already walked around the block, up and down the yard, and the full length of your house or studio apartment.

Your list of tried and true family activities is failing you, and a change of scenery is in short supply. E-learning is almost done for the day, but you have a few virtual meetings ahead of you. And then there is dinner to think about! Is it 5:00 PM yet?

Instead of a four-letter expletive, we have three letters for you to consider: D-I-Y. Since you can't get away from it all right now, read on for recommended activities to stay grounded while you are stuck at home.

Be sure to check out our virtual Events Calendar, too!

Crafts and Interactive Activities

Meal Kits + Chef Recipes

  • Handmade Happiness

    Burrito Beach

    Order in a fresh and delicious Mexican meal to make exactly how you like it at home! Choose Tacos, Salad Bowls, or Nachos, or a combination! Protein choices include char-grilled chicken, char-grilled sirloin steak, or griddled fresh veggies. All meals come with the fixings like jack cheese, sour cream, mild or medium homemade salsa and fantastic homemade guacamole and tortilla chips. Michelada red rice and fat free black beans come on the side. And there’s more- one bottle of our Michelada Love cocktail mix, with recipes on the bottle!

     Eataly Chicago

    As an essential retailer, Eataly’s grocery section – the mercato – remains open daily from 10 AM to 8 PM. Stop in and shop ingredients to master 3 Italian Dough Recipes including pizza e foccaccia!

    Plus, tune in to Eataly Chicago's Instagram live each Wednesday for a new recipe with La Cucina Italiana.

    Gibsons Chicago Steakhouse

    Pre-packaged, cryovacced steaks that you can cook at home are available at significantly reduced prices. Order any pre-packaged steak and you’ll automatically receive one free bottle of Gibsons Seasoning Salt.

    Gino's East

    Try a Take Home Pizza Kit and create your very own pizza creation at home! This is a fun activity for the whole family. Available in both deep dish and thin crust, these kits are available for both pickup and delivery.

Cocktail Kits

P.S. Many award-winning restaurants are offering affordable delivery, including 50% off the list price for wine and beer.

Birthdays at Home

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