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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Even as we emerge from lockdown, social distancing makes it 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.) Experience the best restaurants in Chicago with our comprehensive delivery guide, pick up a six-pack from your favorite brewery, stream a concert from your couch and visit the finest Chicago museums in your living room. 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.

Food and drink delivery in Chicago

The best restaurants for delivery and takeout in Chicago
Restaurants

The best restaurants for delivery and takeout in Chicago

We're officially over cooking. Anyone else?

Here’s where to find the best to-go cocktails in Chicago
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Here’s where to find the best to-go cocktails in Chicago

Sip drinks from the city's best bartenders from the comfort of your home.

The best alcohol delivery services in Chicago
Bars

The best alcohol delivery services in Chicago

Stock your bar cart without leaving the house.

You can now order delivery from Time Out Market Chicago
Things to do

You can now order delivery from Time Out Market Chicago

Queue up your order, put on your favorite sweatpants and open a bottle of wine.

Two Chinatown food startups spring to life on social media in the shadow of COVID-19
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Two Chinatown food startups spring to life on social media in the shadow of COVID-19

Slide into their DMs to order from these culinary innovators.

The best pizza spots in Chicago
Restaurants

The best pizza spots in Chicago

Let's do delivery tonight.

Things to do from your couch

These online resources connect Chicagoans to Black-owned businesses
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These online resources connect Chicagoans to Black-owned businesses

If you're searching for ways to uplift local Black-owned businesses, you don't have to look far.

At the Hideout, streaming is the future of live music—for now
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At the Hideout, streaming is the future of live music—for now

Moving to the NoonChorus streaming platform, the Chicago venue is building on its already expansive lineup of virtual events.

Open House Chicago will return in October with outdoor and online programming
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Open House Chicago will return in October with outdoor and online programming

Expanding to 10 days, the annual event will observe current safety guidelines while exploring buildings in more than 20 neighborhoods.

10 ways to keep Chicago kids busy at home and reclaim your sanity
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10 ways to keep Chicago kids busy at home and reclaim your sanity

Get the kids off your back—if only for 30 minutes—with these enriching at-home activities.

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The best stuff to stream right now

Everything new coming to Netflix in October 2020
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Everything new coming to Netflix in October 2020

Looking for something new to watch this month? We've got you covered.

The 50 best family movies to watch together
Movies

The 50 best family movies to watch together

The whole family is invited.

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 28 best Netflix originals
Movies

The 28 best Netflix originals

Stop scrolling, start bingeing.

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News you should know

Illinois officials release guidelines for trick-or-treating this year
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Illinois officials release guidelines for trick-or-treating this year

Here's what you need to know before heading out on October 31.

Chicago eases capacity restrictions for restaurants, bars and fitness centers
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Chicago eases capacity restrictions for restaurants, bars and fitness centers

Here's what you need to know about the city's newest guidelines.

Chicago asks travelers to quarantine for 14 days if coming from states with high case numbers
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Chicago asks travelers to quarantine for 14 days if coming from states with high case numbers

Keep an eye on which states are currently under Chicago's emergency travel order.

Here’s what you can and can’t do outside in Chicago right now
Things to do

Here’s what you can and can’t do outside in Chicago right now

Let's brush up on the rules, shall we? 

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City pride

11 dumb questions people from Chicago get asked all the time
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11 dumb questions people from Chicago get asked all the time

When you live in Chicago, you're bound to get hit with some fairly annoying questions whenever you leave the city.

15 things that fill every Chicagoan with irrational rage
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15 things that fill every Chicagoan with irrational rage

We're a pretty chill bunch, but these things get under our skin.

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
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The 13 rules of living in Chicago

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

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16 things Chicagoans do that are absolutely disgusting
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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
Travel

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.)

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