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The best things to do in Chicago this weekend

Find the best things to do in Chicago this weekend with our guide to concerts, exhibitions, festivals and more.

By Zach Long and Emma Krupp
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Looking for ways to still have an amazing summer in Chicago? Allow us to provide some suggestions for this weekend. Kick things off on a musical note by catching a concert from your car at the Lakeshore Drive-in pop-up, where Lil Yachty is performing on Friday night. On Saturday, beer lovers can tune into a virtual version of Oak Park Micro Brew Review, during which you'll have the chance to sip beer from top Chicago breweries. Finally, wind down on Sunday with a free screening of Chicago artist Tonika Johnson's documentary on her acclaimed Folded Map project. Still not convinced you've found the right plans? Take a look at the rest of our list featuring all the best things to do in Chicago this weekend.  

Things to do this weekend in Chicago

1. Oak Park Micro Brew Review

Things to do Festivals Various venues, Loop

The Oak Park Micro Brew Review won't take to the streets this summer, but you can still join in by participating in a virtual version of the event, which benefits Seven Generations Ahead. Purchasing a ticket entitles you to 15 beers from Chicagoland breweries like Begyle, Haymarket and Aleman as well as two tasting glasses. You'll just need to pick up the brews from a location in Chicago or Oak Park and then tune in to a guided tasting session on August 15. In keeping with the event's zero-waste pedigree, all packaging products are recyclable or compostable.

Houndmouth
Photograph: William Stephen Fenwick

2. Houndmouth

Music Folk, country and blues Adler Planetarium | Chicago, IL, Museum Campus

Indiana folk rockers Houndmouth left the sparse acoustic melodies of its debut album behind on its 2018 release, Golden Age, which amped up the band's harmonies with synthesizers and drum machines. But a series of recent live videos (posted on the band's YouTube account) show the trio getting back to its more subdued and less-electrified roots, belting out folk ballads in a living room. Show up to catch the group headline the parking lot stage at Lakeshore Drive-In and see if it embraces its pop anthems or opts for stripped-down tunes.

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Lawndale Bike Ride
Photograph: Courtesy Boxing Out Negativity

3. Street Love Ride: Rolling Deep for Peace in North Lawndale

Things to do Walks and tours St. Agatha Catholic Church, North Lawndale

Mentorship organization Boxing Out Negativity and nonprofit Equicity team up to present a two-hour, nine-mile bike ride through North Lawndale as a symbol of peace and unity. The event begins at 5pm with a cookout at St. Agatha Catholic Church, followed by the bike ride's departure at 8pm. Admission is free, just come with your bike and some lights fit for riding at night.

Lil Yachty Lollapalooza 2017
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

4. Lil Yachty

Music Rap, hip-hop and R&B Adler Planetarium | Chicago, IL, Museum Campus

Part of the original wave of SoundCloud rappers that transitioned to hip-hop stardom, Lil Yachty hasn't slowed down since releasing his debut album in 2017. His latest LP, Lil Boat 3, is another collection of Auto-Tune anthems packed with some of his biggest features to date, including appearances by Drake, Future, Young Thug and Tyler, the Creator. Yachty headlines an early and late show at Lakeshore Drive-In, performing for a sea of parked cars in the Adler Planetarium's parking lot.

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Runners get doused with powdered color at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.
Photograph: Mark Wright

5. 'Go Run Chicago

Sports and fitness Running Multiple venues

The Chicago Park District and Chicago Area Runners Association present this free series of timed 5K and one-mile runs, which have resumed under new social distancing guidelines and capacity limits. 50 participants can register for each run via the 'Go Run Chicago website, meeting on Saturdays at 9am in Chicago parks for a timed 5K or one-mile run.

popcorn at a movie theater
Photograph: Shutterstock

6. Free film screening of “The Folded Map Project”

Movies The Chicago South Side Film Festival, Chatham

Englewood-born artist and activist Tonika Johnson began her sprawling Folded Map project as a photo series, using the city's grid system to identify and capture residences at corresponding addresses on the North and South Sides in order to explore the visual legacies of segregation, socioeconomic disparities and racial discrimination. The project has since ballooned into a multi-pronged dive into those themes, involving everything from workshops and a stage play to meet-ups for "map twins"—residents who live at corresponding addresses on different sides of the city. You can catch a screening of Johnson's film about the project this weekend; stick around afterwards to listen to a moderated discussion with Johnson about the roots of her work.

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El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos). Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple, about 1570.
Photograph: Courtesy The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund

7. “El Greco: Ambition and Defiance”

Art Painting Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, IL, Grant Park

After training in Venice and Rome, painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos moved to Spain in 1577 and began churning out work under the name "El Greco." This exhibition allows guests to gaze at more than 57 works created by one of the most important painters of the Spanish Renaissance in the 16th century, including towering altarpieces, portraits and oil paintings gathered from all over the world. The exhibit includes his final major work, "The Adoration of the Shepherds," which El Greco painted as an altarpiece for his own tomb in Santo Domingo el Antiguo.

8. Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly

Music Jazz Constellation, North Center

Mike Reed's Loose Assembly jazz ensemble reunites onstage for the first time in five years, headlining an in-person concert at Constellation. The group features saxophonist Greg Ward, cellist Tomeka Reid, Jason Adasiewicz on vibraphone, bassist Joshua Abrams and Mike Reed (who co-owns Constellation) on drums. The performance will also be streamed on YouTube for a suggested donation of $7.

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Photograph: Shutterstock/Katsiaryna Pakhomava

9. Art West Freedom Fest

Things to do Multiple venues

Catch the culmination of a week's worth of music live streams, workshops, art talks and more as part of Art West Freedom Fest, a virtual festival highlighting creative and business-related happenings on the West Side. Tune in on Saturday to watch DIY sugar scrub tutorials, chair yoga classes and an on-site lunch giveaway in North Lawndale; on Sunday, you'll be able to stream a meditation session and the live closing reception of the festival.

Navy Pier jazz
Photograph: James Richard IV

10. Navy Pier Water Colors Jazz Series

Music Jazz Polk Bros Park, Streeterville

When the weather warms up in Chicago, jazz musicians move outdoors to play tunes in scenic locales across the city. Navy Pier's Water Colors jazz series brings a series of free concerts to Polk Bros Park, where guests will be treated to sets from the likes of Greg Ward, Alexis Lombre and a tribute to the Blues Brothers from the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. On this week: Greg Spero & Friends.

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tanta rooftop
Photograph: MADN Agency

11. Tanta Rooftop Market Day

Things to do Tanta, River North

In the mood to stuff your face with tons of top-notch Peruvian food? Head to the breezy rooftop at Tanta this weekend for a come-and-go party celebrating the restaurant's seventh anniversary. For $50, your ticket nets you a welcome drink, a tote, a box of sweet alfajores and 10 "market tickets," which go toward tasty bites like cebichero maki, pork belly mao and Peruvian pantry staples to take home. Note that you'll have to take your goodies to go: The market is staggered into 15-minute increments to promote social distancing.

Manual Cinema
Photograph: Maren Celest

12. Manual Cinema’s 10th Anniversary Retrospectacular!

Theater Experimental Various locations throughout Chicago,

Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema celebrates a decade of blurring the lines between video production and theater, presenting multi-camera streams of recordings of four of the company's most talked-about shows. You'll be able to watch Lula del Ray (July 27-August 3), The End of TV (August 3-10), No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks (August 10-17) and Frankenstein (August 17-23) free of charge, though donations are being accepted to make up for lost touring income and to compensate performers. The anniversary celebration will conclude with Manual Cinema’s LIVE Tele-FUN-draiser World Premiere Special, on Saturday, August 22 at 8pm, featuring a brand new work from the company.

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Malangatana Ngwenya
Photograph: Malangatana Valente Ngwenya Foundation, Maputo, Mozambique.

13. “Malangatana: Mozambique Modern”

Art Painting Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, IL, Grant Park

African painter and poet Malangatana Ngwenya (who was mostly known by his first name) spent his career blending elements of European modernism with the folklore and tradition of Mozambique. "Mozambique Modern" marks the first solo exhibition of a modern African painter at the Art Institute, presenting more than 40 of his surreal, colorful paintings and drawings, highlighting the late artist's contributions to modern African art.

Reginald Malcolmson. Hall of Sport and Culture, Collage, 1971/74.
Photograph: The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Reginald Malcolmson and Margaret Malcolmson.

14. “Bauhaus Chicago: Design in the City”

Art Design Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, IL, Grant Park

After the Nazis forced the closure of the German Bauhaus art school, prominent figures like László Moholy-Nagy and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe moved to Chicago to continue the school’s legacy as heads of institutions like the Illinois Institute of Technology and the New Bauhaus (later the Institute of Design). This exhibit examines the work of their students and faculty, including jewelry, photography, furniture and architecture that channeled the creative spirit of the Bauhaus.

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The Neo-Futurists
Photograph: Ricky Kluge

15. The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral

Theater Experimental Various locations throughout Chicago,

The Neo-Futurists’ flagship show adapts to a world where social gatherings are restricted, launching new works with the funding of subscribers. Pledge a monthly donation to the The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral Patreon campaign and you'll have weekly access to recordings of 30 plays performed in 60 minutes (larger donations give you access to even more content from the Neo-Futurists). It's a creative way of keeping the long-running show alive—and now you can watch it on demand!

Farmers Market
Photograph: Shutterstock

16. Vegan Paradise: A Vegan Farmer's Market

Things to do The Plant, New City

Vegans and omniovires alike will appreciate the novelty of browsing this all-vegan outdoor market—which showcases plant-based foods, cruelty-free crafts and other sundries—at Back of the Yards' The Plant, the sustainable business incubator housed at the site of a former meatpacking factory. Visits to the market are timed, so be sure to register online to snag a free spot. 

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Ravinia Festival
Photograph: Russell Jenkins

17. Ravinia TV

Music Music festivals Various locations throughout Chicago,

There will be no picnics on the lawn at Ravinia this summer, but you can post up in front of your laptop with a glass of wine (put a blanket on the floor if you like) and take in a performance online. Every Friday at 7pm, tune into the Ravinia Festival's YouTube and Facebook page to catch a 20-minute variety show featuring acts like violinist Andrew Bird, Jefferson Starship frontwoman Cathy Richardson, Gershwin-expert pianist Kevin Cole and soprano Michelle Areyzaga.

laptop, wine, woman, computer, drinking, shutterstock, Katsiaryna Pakhomava
Photograph: Shutterstock/Katsiaryna Pakhomava

18. Indoor Voices

Music Various venues, Loop

On Friday nights, music enthusiasts are invited to attend free virtual talks hosted by The Music Institute of Chicago as part of their Indoor Voices series, which features discussions with musicians who have performed in the institute's storied Nichols Concert Hall. The content of the talks runs the gamut from musical techniques to career highlights and more.

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lincoln park zoo lemur
Photograph: Chris Bijalba/Lincoln Park Zoo.

19. Virtual meet-and-greet a Lincoln Park Zoo animal

Things to do Various venues, Loop

You can visit the zoo in person now so long as you make a (free) timed reservation, but those looking to get a more intimate glimpse at some of its most prized animals can check out weekly online meet-and-greets. Held each Saturday with a Lincoln Park Zoo animal curator, the meet-and-greets feature a different species each week; amateur zoology enthusiasts will also have a chance to ask keepers questions about the furry/scaly/feathery critter in question. 

Original Rainbow Cone truck
Photograph: Courtesy Original Rainbow Cone

20. Track down the Original Rainbow Cone ice cream truck

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The Original Rainbow Cone continues to serve stacked scoops of its five signature flavors (chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, pistachio and orange sherbet) from its home base in Beverly and an outpost on Navy Pier, but this summer the ice cream institution is also taking its frozen treats on the road. You can track the truck's location on the Original Rainbow Cone's Instagram account to see if it's stopping in your neck of the woods anytime soon. 

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Drive-in movie theater
Photograph: Shutterstock

21. See a film at a drive-in theater

Things to do

Fill up a car with your friends and watch a movie beneath the stars at pop-up outdoor theaters in and around Chicago. Expect a slate of classic films (The Blues BrothersThe Goonies, etc.) and some of your favorite theater concessions.

Field Museum lobby
Photograph: Courtesy the Field Museum

22. Visit a reopened museum

Museums

The Art Institute, the Field Museum, the MCA and more beloved cultural institutions will be reopening in the coming weeks, allowing visitors (wearing face coverings) to take in exhibitions while following new social distancing guidelines.

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Photograph: Meghan Leigh Photography

23. Find a restaurant offering outdoor dining

Restaurants

Restaurants, coffee shops and bars that serve food can operate patios and rooftops at limited capacity and with plenty of city-mandated safety guidelines in place, leaving many owners scrambling to reconfigure their spaces, order the personal protective equipment and train staff on new regulations. We've compiled a rolling list of Chicago's restaurants and bars that are currently open for business. It's by no means exhaustive, but we'll be adding to it as we confirm reopening details.

Kaiser Tiger
Photograph: Courtesy Kaiser Tiger

24. Have a drink on a bar or brewery patio

Bars

Chicago bars and breweries have been given the green light to reopen patios, rooftops and beer gardens, making way for afternoons spent sipping a beer as the sun beats down. Naturally, the reopening is accompanied by a list of safety guidelines and restrictions to keep guests and employees safe. We've put together a rolling list of where you can go to enjoy a drink outdoors.

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Beat Kitchen Riverwalk
Photograph: Courtesy Beat Kitchen

25. Spend an afternoon on the Chicago Riverwalk

Things to do

As of June 12, the Riverwalk has reopened to visitors, with designated times for recreation and dining. From 5am to 10am, guests are welcome to run, jog, walk and bike along the path between Lake Shore Drive and Lake Street. The Riverwalk briefly closes at 10am for cleaning and then reopens from 11am to 9pm to allow access to businesses and select recreation areas along the path.

Cruz Blanca patio in the West Loop
Photograph: Courtesy West Central Association

26. Dine alfresco in the streets of your neighborhood

Restaurants

You can take advantage of the city's street dining pilot program—which cordons off select blocks of street and sidewalk exclusively for outdoor dining space—in neighborhoods across Chicago, from Lakeview to Little Village. Be sure to check in with your preferred restaurant ahead of time; many are now requiring reservations. 

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pretty cool ice cream, ice cream, popsicle
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

27. Get ice cream to go

News Eating

As the temperature creeps up this week, we've got one thing on our minds: ice cream. You don't have to limit yourself to the half-eaten, frost-covered pint in your freezer, either. Some of the best ice cream shops in Chicago are offering takeout and delivery so that you can get your licks on the go.

Chicago Archiecture Center boat tour
Photograph: Courtesy Chicago Architecture Foundation

28. See the skyline from the water on a boat tour

Things to do Walks and tours

Mask up and head to any number of Chicago docks for a socially-distanced boat tour, where you can peep some of the city's most gorgeous sights from a watercraft drifting across Lake Michigan or the Chicago River. Whether you're inclined to learn about the city's architecture or history, eat dinner or just enjoy the breeze and sunshine, there's a tour option for everyone—don't forget to bring a camera!

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Greenhouses at the Darling
Photograph: Jason Cook

29. Have dinner and drinks in a private greenhouse

News Eating

Add a dash of English whimsy to your dining plans this weekend with the help of these miniature greenhouse tables at The Darling in the West Loop, where you can order small plates and fizzy, herbaceous craft cocktails to be shared with a group of up to four people. Be sure to book the tables online ahead of time—they're available Friday through Saturday.  

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

30. Grab takeout from your favorite neighborhood restaurant

Restaurants

Whether you're craving pepperoni-studded pizza, crispy fried chicken, soul-soothing ramen or one of the tastiest burgers in Chicago, the options at your fingertips are nearly endless. Next time delivery cravings hit, consider ordering from a local Chicago restaurant rather than the big national chains—it'll taste and feel better, we promise. And this should go without saying, but be a decent human and tip your delivery driver (or biker!) generously.

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summer house, summer house santa monica, brunch, breakfast, pancakes, Jordan Johnson
Photograph: Jordan Johnson

31. Get brunch delivered to your door

News Eating

Have you noticed that the weekdays and weekends really blend together right now? Just us? If you're looking for ways to make Saturday and Sunday feel special again, consider ordering brunch to go from one of the best restaurants in Chicago.

acadia, bar menu, michelin
Photograph: Neil Burger

32. Get fancy with to-go options from Michelin-starred restaurants

News Eating

Sick of hanging out in your sweats all day? Give yourself a reason to get gussied up with the help of these decadent takeout options from top Chicago restaurants like Alinea and Next, which allow you to dine on Michelin-starred cooking for a fraction of the price. Set the table, add a little mood lighting, and it'll be almost like the real deal. 

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hopewell, hopewell brewing, beer, cans, brewery
Photograph: Hopewell Brewing Co./The Brewtography Project

33. Pick up cans, bottles and growlers from local breweries

Bars

Being stuck at home is actually a great opportunity to discover your new favorite local brew, because many of the best Chicago breweries are still producing delicious beer and cider—and they're selling it from their taprooms and warehouses (or offering to deliver to your doorstep).

cocktail, drink, Yulia Grigoryeva, shutterstock
Photograph: Shutterstock/Yulia Grigoryeva

34. Get a bottle of booze delivered to your door

Bars

All you non-beer-drinking folks out there can still kick back with a stiff drink at home, thanks to the many alcohol delivery services throughout Chicago, allowing you to stock your home bar with liquor from local makers like Koval, Letherbee and Rhine Hall. If you'd like to get a little more sophisticated, check out the at-home cocktail kits to help you craft signature drinks from a ton of Chicago bars and restaurants.

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Stock Mfg face mask
Photograph: Courtesy Stock Mfg

35. Buy face masks from local Chicago businesses

News City Life

The latest extension of the Illinois "stay-at-home" order (which goes into effect on May 1 and lasts until May 30) requires the use of face coverings in public places where individuals cannot maintain six feet of distance between one another. The CDC website lists several ways to make your own mask, but if you'd rather buy one (and support local businesses), we've assembled a list of list of places where you can purchase face coverings.

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Photograph: Rachel Bires

36. Have your cake delivered and eat it, too

News Eating

The stay-at-home order may have squashed your birthday plans, but it will not take away your birthday cake. Some of the best bakeries in Chicago are still whipping up beautiful confections fit for a celebration of epic proportions—even if you're not leaving your apartment.

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Photograph: Shutterstock

37. Make the perfect Negroni with the Violet Hour's recipe

News Drinking

Some people are using this time at home to master meditation or learn how how to paint like Bob Ross. We're taking a boozier approach and becoming at-home bartenders. Pat Ray, the beverage director at the Violet Hour in Wicker Park, gave us an easy-to-follow recipe for a killer Negroni.

house plants
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38. Find out how to set up a house plant delivery

News Shopping & Style

A few local businesses that will gladly deliver houseplants to your doorstep—in fact, it's a service that's in more demand than ever before. Whether you're alone in your apartment and are looking for something green to take care of or you just want to add some foliage to your decor, three Chicago businesses can hook you up with potted friends that will bring you joy for years to come (don't forget to water them occasionally).

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017, Jamila Woods
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

39. Watch our favorite live sets from Chicago artists

News Music

There are plenty of great sets by Chicago artists cataloged on YouTube (including plenty of sessions from locally-based music discovery service Audiotree), making it easy to put on a video and rock out in your living room. You can even crack a can of cheap beer and turn down the lights to heighten the mood. We've assembled a long list of our favorite live sets by Chicago musicians, ranging from scrappy indie rockers or local house music legends.

Lost Lake, daiquiri frappe, cocktail, frozen cocktail, frozen drink, jaclyn rivas
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

40. Make a DIY Lost Lake’s Daiquiri Frappe

News Drinking

Paul McGee, the co-owner of Lost Lake and the beverage director for Land and Sea Dept., hooked us up with a recipe that's seriously easy and wildly impressive. Lost Lake's frosty Daiquiri Frappe requires just three ingredients that you probably already have at home: rum, a lime and sugar.

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millennium park concert on the lawn
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

41. Pretend you’re on the Millennium Park lawn

News Music

Social-distancing guidelines will probably make it impossible to pack a picnic, lay out a blanket and enjoy an evening of music beneath the skyline this summer. While it's hard for us to face the likelihood that this beloved tradition will be taking a year off, the city's archive of past Millennium Park performances (mostly from the summers of 2016 and 2017) is a great way to relive the magic while remaining indoors.

farm, csa box, produce, vegetables, vegetable, veggies
Photograph: Shutterstock

42. Have fresh produce delivered from nearby farms

News Eating

If you're looking to inject some green stuff back into your diet, local farms are happy to help with home delivery or contact-free pickup points throughout the city. Nearby farms in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois are stocked with everything from baby bok choy and ramps to eggs and pork roasts. If you're not picky and you like to plan your meals around what's in season, consider ordering a CSA box that's packed with the freshest produce. 

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Numen yoga
Photograph: Rebeca Recatero

43. Find some time for a quick yoga class

News Sports & Fitness

Even though in-person classes are canceled and social distancing rules make outdoor exercise tricker than usual, you can still squeeze in a morning workout by tuning into these live and pre-recorded yoga courses available from studios and gyms across the city. Some are free, but consider signing up for a digital class membership if you'd like to help support a local biz and get into a regular class routine.

Michael Shannon
Photograph: Shutterstock

44. Let Michael Shannon read you a bedtime story

News Kids

If you have young kids at home, you've probably been keeping them occupied by reading them lots of stories over the past few weeks. If you need to a break, why not let Chicago theatre scene veteran and Hollywood's go-to guy for portraying crazy characters take over storytelling duties this evening? Chicago Children’s Theatre has launched a YouTube channel and debuted an adorable virtual puppet performance called Frederick, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon.

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Chicago Board Game Cafe
Photograph: Paul Strabbing

45. Order a new board game straight to your apartment

News City Life

If you live with roommates or family—or hey, even if you're just really creative with Zoom video calls—game night might have suddenly become one of your most major social activities. Shake things up this week by checking out the offerings from the Chicago Board Game Cafe, which will ship you a brand new game (and dinner, if you so choose).

360 chicago, yoga, yoga class, observation deck
Photograph: Courtesy 360 CHICAGO

46. Stream a yoga class from on top of the city

News Sports & Fitness

Thanks to a new virtual yoga class hosted by 360 CHICAGO, you can strike a pose with help from an instructor who's 94 stories above the city streets. Local yogis Ashley Christensen and Britta Eumann will host free virtual classes from the observation deck starting on Tuesday, May 5.

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Photograph: Shuttertsock

47. Cook the famous Palmer House brownies at home

News Eating

Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper, TV remote control, car radio and—perhaps most deliciously—the brownie. The story of the chocolatey dessert traces its roots back to 1893 at the historic Palmer House Hotel in the heart of the Loop. Lucky for us, the recipe is easier than you'd imagine.

Fish in aquarium
Photograph: Joshua Dewey on Unsplash

48. Tune in to the Shedd Aquarium’s live cam

News City Life

A live cam in the aquarium's "Underwater Beauty" exhibit provides a relaxing and mesmerizing view of angelfishes, wrasses, tangs and butterflyfishes making their way through the water. Next time you're having a stressful day, plug in and zone out while you try to channel the calm, graceful feelings that these tropical fish evoke.

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The Second City comedy class
Photograph: Courtesy The Second City

49. Sign up for one of Second City’s online classes

News Comedy

Imagine emerging from quarantine as a funny person! That dream could be your reality now that an expanded slate of Second City Training Center classes are being offered online, including four- and eight-week courses (priced between $195–$395) that allow you to learn about writing for TV, performing voiceovers and punching up that screenplay you've been working on. If you're looking for something a bit more affordable, $25 drop-in improv and stand-up classes offer an opportunity to learn the basics without committing to a multi-week course.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Photograph: James Caulfield

50. Digitally tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic buildings

News City Life

If you're looking for a quick diversion during a long workday, you can go inside a few of Wright's most influential Chicagoland buildings—Hyde Park's Frederick C. Robie House as well as Unity Temple and Wright's home and studio in Oak Park—via a short series of YouTube tours.

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Harold Washington Library
Photograph: CC/Flickr/Daniel X. O'Neil

51. Check out books with an electronic Chicago Public Library card

News City Life

Do you live in Chicago? Fantastic! You're eligible to sign up for a Chicago Public Library eCard, which lets you check out eBooks and audiobooks just like you would a physical library book. Expect popular titles to have a few (or a few dozen) holds, but you can put your name on the list and browse the library's database of digital magazines—Bon Appetit and The Economist are two of their more choice offerings—while you wait. 

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