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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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
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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
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
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!