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Time In: The best things to do at home in Chicago

Stuck at home? Us too. Experience the best of Chicago from your couch.

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Listen, we understand that social distancing makes it really tough to get out and experience the best of Chicago like you used to. But it's not impossible. During this time, we're committed to bringing the city to you so that you don't have to leave your apartment. (You don't even have to put on pants if you don't want to.) Dine at the best restaurants in Chicago with our comprehensive delivery guide, catch a show from a homegrown local artist, and watch penguins waddle around the Shedd Aquarium. Plus, we're sprinkling in critic-approved Netflix recommendations and travel inspo for days. Check back often for new features and guides to living your best city life from home. We'll get through this together, Chicago.

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Food and drink delivery in Chicago

The 35 best restaurants for delivery in Chicago
Restaurants

The 35 best restaurants for delivery in Chicago

Some of the best restaurants in Chicago will bring the feast straight to your doorstep.

These 7 Michelin-starred Chicago restaurants are now offering takeout
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These 7 Michelin-starred Chicago restaurants are now offering takeout

These spots are swapping out their tweezers for simplified takeout meals designed to deliver comfort straight to your doorstep.

The 18 best pizza joints in Chicago
Restaurants

The 18 best pizza joints in Chicago

Put down the folk and knife and prepare to get your hands dirty.

This Chicago restaurant group is handing out 400 free meals a day
News

This Chicago restaurant group is handing out 400 free meals a day

Whether you lost your job this week or you just need a warm meal to get by, the Fifty/50 Restaurant Group is here to help.

31 Chicago breweries where you can get beer to go
Bars

31 Chicago breweries where you can get beer to go

We rounded up a long list of breweries that are still peddling their wares in cans, bottles, growlers and kegs.

Upgrade your bar cart with these take-home cocktail kits from Chicago’s top mixologists
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Upgrade your bar cart with these take-home cocktail kits from Chicago’s top mixologists

You look like you could use a drink.

Send a quarantine cake to the Chicagoan you miss the most right now
News

Send a quarantine cake to the Chicagoan you miss the most right now

"I think we're all looking for small moments of joy and humor right now."

Support local when you buy Chicago’s coolest restaurant and bar merch
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Support local when you buy Chicago’s coolest restaurant and bar merch

If you want to get creative, show your solidarity and rep your go-to spots, consider buying merch.

The best stuff to stream right now

The 17 best Chicago movies

The 17 best Chicago movies

From the gangster flicks to coming-of-age stories, here are the most memorable movies ever made about Chicago.

The 35 best movies on Netflix right now
Movies

The 35 best movies on Netflix right now

We all know the feeling: desperately scanning through endless menus of Netflix choices, eyes glazing over, knowing that our impulsive thumbs are going to doom us to some terrible midseason episode of a worthless show we hated the first time. Actually, the best movies on Netflix are staggeringly good right now: You can see films by Steven Spielberg, Oscar-winners like Roma, classic comedies by the Coen brothers, action movies, sci-fi masterpieces, radical documentaries, and foreign films. With so much on offer, we’ve narrowed things down a bit to give you our top tips, because that's just how we roll. Want more amazing movie recommendations? We got you covered. 

The 100 best animated movies ever made
Movies

The 100 best animated movies ever made

Find Oscar winners, along with darkly imaginative foreign films from Japan, France and beyond.

The 100 best movies of all time

The 100 best movies of all time

Our list includes some of the most recognized action, feminist and foreign films.

Things to do from your couch

Take a digital tour of some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic Chicagoland buildings
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Take a digital tour of some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic Chicagoland buildings

Step inside the Robie House or Unity Temple.

These Chicago bookstores will ship fresh reading materials right to your door
News

These Chicago bookstores will ship fresh reading materials right to your door

Ditch the big-box retailer in favor of your favorite local shop.

Learn how to make people laugh from home with the Second City’s online classes
News

Learn how to make people laugh from home with the Second City’s online classes

The laughs shouldn't stop just because we're stuck at home.

Here’s how to check out books from home with an electronic Chicago Public Library card
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Here’s how to check out books from home with an electronic Chicago Public Library card

The eCard functions a lot like a regular, physical library card.

Watch a concert from your couch by streaming these live sets from Chicago artists
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Watch a concert from your couch by streaming these live sets from Chicago artists

Crack a can of cheap beer and turn down the lights to heighten mood.

Get your zen on from home with these digital yoga classes offered by local studios
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Get your zen on from home with these digital yoga classes offered by local studios

Meditation? Count us in.

News you should know

Governor Pritzker extends Illinois ‘stay-at-home’ order through April 30
News

Governor Pritzker extends Illinois ‘stay-at-home’ order through April 30

"If we can end these orders earlier, I’ll be the first one to tell you."

Hilarious memes of Mayor Lori Lightfoot protecting Chicago are exactly what we need right now
News

Hilarious memes of Mayor Lori Lightfoot protecting Chicago are exactly what we need right now

Quarantine boredom has delivered us yet another delightful creation.

Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is closed to the public “until further notice”
News

Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is closed to the public “until further notice”

Violators who congregate in these public places will be warned, ticketed and—if they still refuse to comply—arrested.

9 things you might not know about the Illinois ‘stay-at-home’ order
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9 things you might not know about the Illinois ‘stay-at-home’ order

We combed through the entire FAQ and picked out some of the most pertinent information.

Governor Pritzker has issued a ‘stay-at-home’ order for Illinois, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be trapped inside
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Governor Pritzker has issued a ‘stay-at-home’ order for Illinois, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be trapped inside

Beginning on Saturday, March 21 at 5pm, all Illinois residents will be ordered to remain at their residences as much as possible through April 7.

The latest canceled events and closures over coronavirus in Chicago
Things to do

The latest canceled events and closures over coronavirus in Chicago

Major conventions, festivals and city landmarks are postponing or even canceling their plans to limit the spread of COVID-19.

City pride

20 slang words that every Chicagoan should know
Things to do

20 slang words that every Chicagoan should know

Get acquainted with the local vernacular.

The 13 rules of living in Chicago
Things to do

The 13 rules of living in Chicago

Know 'em, live 'em, love 'em.

16 things Chicagoans do that are absolutely disgusting
Things to do

16 things Chicagoans do that are absolutely disgusting

We're a nasty bunch.

26 moments that give every Chicagoan anxiety
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26 moments that give every Chicagoan anxiety

We're sweating just thinking about it.

Travel the country without leaving home

The 19 most stunning castles in America
Things to do

The 19 most stunning castles in America

You don’t have to book a flight to Europe to see a medieval ruin.

The most scenic train rides in America
Things to do

The most scenic train rides in America

Trains are a wildly atmospheric throwback to the leisurely travel of times past.

The 17 best places to visit in the USA
Things to do

The 17 best places to visit in the USA

Cnsider this your guide to the beautiful ol' US of A—from sea to shining sea.

Sipping Sazeracs: The story of America’s very first cocktail
Bars

Sipping Sazeracs: The story of America’s very first cocktail

The Sazerac just might be the most famous drink to come out of New Orleans. (Take that, milk punch.)