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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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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.) 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.

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Food and drink delivery in Chicago

Chicago restaurants are offering grill kits for Memorial Day weekend
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Chicago restaurants are offering grill kits for Memorial Day weekend

Fire up the grill!

Here’s where to get ice cream to go in Chicago
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Here’s where to get ice cream to go in Chicago

Get your licks on the go.

These Chicago restaurants offer tasty kids meals to go
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These Chicago restaurants offer tasty kids meals to go

Gourmet kids meals make dinnertime a breeze.

These Chicago restaurants just reopened for takeout and delivery
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These Chicago restaurants just reopened for takeout and delivery

Welcome back!

These Michelin-starred Chicago restaurants are now offering takeout
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These 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 best restaurants for delivery and takeout in Chicago
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The best restaurants for delivery and takeout in Chicago

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

Things to do from your couch

Support Lula Cafe, Quimby’s and more local businesses with a new line of fundraising T-shirts
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Support Lula Cafe, Quimby’s and more local businesses with a new line of fundraising T-shirts

After raising more than $71,000 for 19 local businesses by selling T-shirts via an online store, Buffalo Grove-based Barrel Maker Press is back for round two with a fresh line of shirts that support a new lineup of small Chicago businesses. Barrel Maker teamed up with local marketing firm VSA Partners to launch its latest Saving Small Business Chicago collection, featuring 25 shirts, a trio of face masks and a tote bag. Just like its previous fundraiser, $10 from each shirt sold will be split among all of the businesses represented in the collection. Designers from VSA Partners supplied many of the graphics that grace the shirts in this collection, including designs that represent local businesses like Thalia Hall, Flowers For Dreams, the Chicago Diner, Quimby's, EZ Inn, FEW Spirits, Ipsento, Brü Coffeeworks, Co-Op Sauce, Paulie Gee's, the Davis Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre and Eméché Cakery. Other local staples represented in the lineup of shirts are Logan Square's Lula Cafe, Avondale music venue Sleeping Village and two returning designs that celebrate Claudio Velez, the original Tamale Guy. The current line of shirts range in price from $20 to $25 and will only be available through May 30. All of the items available are being made to order and won't be shipped out for at least two weeks as Barrel Maker is operating with a reduced staff while following social distancing guidelines. Local businesses interested in setting up their own T-shirt fundraisers can reach out Barrel

Chicago movie theaters are offering popcorn and concessions to go
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Chicago movie theaters are offering popcorn and concessions to go

Upgrade your Netflix routine.

Lollapalooza is streaming classic sets from throughout the fest’s history
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Lollapalooza is streaming classic sets from throughout the fest’s history

Transport yourself to Grant Park—if only in your mind.

How to get house plants delivered to your doorstep during the shutdown
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How to get house plants delivered to your doorstep during the shutdown

It's a service that's in more demand than ever before.

Visit some of Chicago’s best museums without leaving your house
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Visit some of Chicago’s best museums without leaving your house

Get your daily dose of culture without from your living room.

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.

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

Parents, we feel you.

Check out thousands of books from the Chicago Public Library for free
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Check out thousands of books from the Chicago Public Library for free

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

When will Chicago reopen?

Here’s how Lightfoot’s plan to reopen Chicago differs from the state’s approach
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Here’s how Lightfoot’s plan to reopen Chicago differs from the state’s approach

Let's take a look at the fine print.

60 beautiful Illinois state parks reopen to the public
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60 beautiful Illinois state parks reopen to the public

Just be sure to follow the rules, okay? 

When will Chicago bars reopen? The answer is more complicated than you’d expect.
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When will Chicago bars reopen? The answer is more complicated than you’d expect.

Will capacity be limited? Almost certainly. Will people want to get out and socialize? Undoubtedly.

When will Chicago restaurants reopen? It’s going to take time.
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When will Chicago restaurants reopen? It’s going to take time.

Here's why restaurants will be one of the last businesses to reopen.

When will Chicago hair salons reopen and what will it be like to get a haircut?
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When will Chicago hair salons reopen and what will it be like to get a haircut?

Put down the scissors and step away from the at-home dye kit.

Here’s exactly how Gov. Pritzker plans to reopen Illinois
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Here’s exactly how Gov. Pritzker plans to reopen Illinois

We break down the five-phase plan.

The best stuff to stream right now

40 best movies on Hulu to watch right now
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40 best movies on Hulu to watch right now

In concocting our list of the best movies on Hulu to stream, we sifted through amazing thrillers, comedies, indies, horror films and much more. And you know what we learned? The streaming service has a bunch of great titles—so much so that narrowing down our favorites to just 40 films was no easy feat. Below you’ll find the best of the best, which has a bit of everything: Oscar winners (Parasite, the most recent Best Picture nabber), stellar documentaries (Apollo 11, Jiro Dreams of Sushi), stylized fright fests (A Quiet Place, Let the Right One In), ’80s essentials (Heathers, Say Anything…), big-budget thrills (Mission: Impossible—Fallout, both Kill Bill volumes) and a whole bunch of favorites from the U.S. and abroad. Find a comfy spot on the couch, sit back and enjoy.  RECOMMENDED: 100 best movies of all time

Everything new on Netflix this May
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Everything new on Netflix this May

A new month is upon us and, with it, a batch of fresh content is set to drop on Netflix. We've got a lot to look forward to: from the much-anticipated new Ryan Murphy production, Hollywood, to what is poised to be the latest national obsession, Trial by Media, a docuseries about the most dramatic trials of all time, May is packed with binge-worthy entertainment. Also on our must-watch list: the second season of Dead to Me, a documentary about former Prime Minister and President of Israel Shimon Peres, a new Jerry Seinfeld standup special, 23 Hours to Kill, and Space Force, an original comedy series starring Steve Carell, John Malkovich and Ben Schwartz. On the film front, Netflix is dropping the Adam Sandler critical darling Uncut Gems to the delight of, well, everyone, and the Oakland-based All Day and a Night, a thriller that will have you clenching your teeth all throughout it. Here is a full list of everything coming to the platform next month. May 1: All Day and a Night Casi Feliz (Season 1) Den of Thieves Fun with Dick & Jane Get In Masha and the Bear (Season 4) Medici (Season 3) Mrs. Serial Killer Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres The Half of It Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: World of Tomorrow Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: A New Arrival Thomas & Friends: The Royal Engine May 4: Arctic Dogs May 5: Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill May 6: Hangman Workin Moms (Season 4) May 7: Scissor Seven (Season 2) May 8: Dead to Me (Season 2) Res

The 50 best family movies to watch together
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The 50 best family movies to watch together

Gather the crew and grab a hefty bowl of popcorn: the best family movies are waiting for you!  We've rounded up a little bit of everything: classics, cartoons, Disney princess movies, kids' movies from the '90s and everything else you can possibly imagine. Looking for a few giggles? Try The Goonies. Including Fido in the mix? Put on My Dog Skip. We guarantee we have something for everyone.  After a day of embarking on trip to cool kids' museums in NYC, fun playgrounds or your go-to family attractions, you deserve a night in with these amazing family movies (and snacks, of course).  If you're not ready to call it quits, check out the cool kids' movies in theaters. In 2020, you can expect: Sonic the Hedgehog, a live-action Mulan, Scoob, Peter Rabit 2 and so many more! 

The 100 best animated movies ever made
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The 100 best animated movies ever made

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

News you should know

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

Take a look at the fine print of the "stay-at-home" order.

Here’s how Lightfoot’s plan to reopen Chicago differs from the state’s approach
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Here’s how Lightfoot’s plan to reopen Chicago differs from the state’s approach

Here's how the city of Chicago will reopen.

Here’s exactly how Gov. Pritzker plans to reopen Illinois
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Here’s exactly how Gov. Pritzker plans to reopen Illinois

Take a closer look at his five-phase plan to reopen the state.

Festivals and large gatherings won’t happen until Illinois stops the spread of coronavirus
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Festivals and large gatherings won’t happen until Illinois stops the spread of coronavirus

Prepare for a summer in Chicago devoid of festivals, concerts and conferences.

Here’s a map of where you can get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois
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Here’s a map of where you can get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois

Find a testing site near you.

11 things you might not know about the face-covering requirement in Illinois
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11 things you might not know about the face-covering requirement in Illinois

You've got questions, we've got answers.

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
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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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.)