Hosting a Virtual Get-Together
You are trying to figure out the best ways to keep loved ones close during quarantine. Whether it’s a date with someone special or a zoom hangout with a few friends, it’s still possible to be physically distant but remain emotionally connected! We are here to help with ways to set aside and spend quality time together.
Experience what The Magnificent Mile has to offer for your at-home cocoon, from museums to concerts to mixology!
(P.S. During COVID-19, a cocoon is the new nest!)
Art & Animals
Start the date off by exploring art together, even from separate laptops. The Art Institute of Chicago’s extensive and iconic virtual collection makes for great conversation.
If you’re up for an interactive activity, check out Joseph Cornell’s curious shadow boxes and create your own! Find an old tissue or shoe box and fill the box with objects from around the house that remind you of an important memory. Decorate your box with images and drawings that take you back to a time before the coronavirus.
Work on this project with your loved ones as you share stories and talk through the creation of your shadow box!
After a trip down memory lane, it may be time for a fresh point of view. See Chicago from Nigerian-born British Designer Duro Olowu’s perspective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Commons Online!
Listen to audio provided by the MCA and explore installation images. Reminisce on what makes Chicago so culturally rich as you experience art of all mediums in this special exhibit!
Nothing lifts spirits like the adorable critters at Brookfield Zoo! The world-renowned zoo, which is usually open 365 days a year, has been going live on Facebook for their series #BringingTheZooToYou.
It’s fun to tune in together. Our favorite penguins hold tight to their sense of community, so let’s follow suit. Get a glimpse of what the penguins are up to and what a day in their lives is like!
Now that you’ve seen the art & animals that Chicago has to offer, don’t forget your dose of live entertainment before wrapping your night up!
Virtual Dance Party
Turn the volume up and have a dance party with your quaranteam at home or share screen on Zoom and party with friends virtually. Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming shows to stream.
If you miss rocking out at the House of Blues, jam out at home with LiveNation virtual concerts! (Don’t forget your air guitar!)
Drinks after Dinner
Now that you’ve experienced some of the best of Chicago music and art from home, it's time to celebrate!
Your favorite Chicago dining spots encourage you to show off your cocktail mixing skills over Zoom or take it offline and entertain your quaranteam!
Look forward to summer with a refreshing Mai Tai kit from Three Dots and A Dash or those bright nights along The Magnificent Mile with a Sake Bomb Kit from Ramen-San!
A Surprise Pick Me Up
Make sure you and your loved ones start every day right during quarantine. Nothing keeps us more connected than conversation and cocktails… but on the morning after, a little pick-me-up never hurt!
You can still shop for loved ones online. And starting May 1, select stores on Michigan Avenue will fulfill orders via curbside pick-up and delivery. Surprise friends by sending a pick me up to their door from any of the great retailers on The Mag Mile.
Send nature inspired skincare from Kiehl's like their richly hydrating hand cream, or pick a bright and bold Sephora lipstick to add a pop of color in their life! Surprise friends by sending a pick me up to their door from any of the great retailers on The Mag Mile.