#STAYHOMECHI – The Ultimate Guide to STAYING HOME in Chicago

Contributions By:
Janita Harris
Kevin KGunn Klinger

Updated 4/12


If we missed anything please let us know!

Worldwide, everyone undoubtedly are feeling the effects of the recent COVID-19 pandemic socially, financially, mentally, and physically. From events being cancelled, restaurants and bars closing to large scale shelter-in-place orders, millions of people’s day-to-day lives have instantly changed. While many perhaps, don’t mind binge watching hundreds of hours of Netflix and Hulu, some of need some ACTIVITIES!! So we present to you “#STAYHOMECHI – The Ultimate Guide to STAYING HOME in Chicago”.

SummertimeCHI has curated a few resources to utilize during this Shelter-in-place, before getting into the FUN stuff, PLEASE make sure you’re keeping yourself informed on the latest updates regarding the City of Chicago and COVID-19, you can find more information HERE:


Mayor Lori Lightfoot

#STAYHOMECHI – The Ultimate Guide to STAYING HOME in Chicago

Philanthropic/Charitable Support Opportunities

These are hard times for everybody. The reality is some of us are much more fortunate than others. Whether we have food, shelter, or a listening ear we are blessed beyond measure. But we are all in this together so If you’re looking for ways to support those in dire need during this season please review the following opportunities:

  • Give Blood – Here are some resources curated by Do312 that provide local Chicago opportunities to donate blood.
  • The Greater Chicago Food Depository – Providing assistance by help those in need apply for SNAP benefits and asking for volunteers.
  • The Salvation Army – Prepared food for people in isolation and is providing meals to city shelters. The organization already has 4,000 meals ready and plans to continue to support people affected after the pandemic.
  • The United Way of Metro Chicago – Providing services to those in need through the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund
  • Restaurant Employee Relief Fund – Starting April 2nd you can apply for assistance for those of you in the restaurant industry affected. You can also donate anytime.
  • United States Bartenders Guild – Donate to bartenders guild or apply for benefits.

Music and Entertainment

Chance the Rapper

photo by David Brendan Hall

D-Nice may have set the trend but a good number of Chicago’s top DJs have been and will continue to throw digital parties playing sets via Instagram and Facebook.


Digital Social Gatherings and Talks

From virtual game nights  to conversations and Q&A’s some of us need a break from conversations with kids, co-workers, and ourselves. Luckily there’s a few notable influencers and brands that are offering engaging digital content to help keep our wits about us.

Arts and CultureArt Institute of Chicago

Everything’s closed in person, but many of Chicago’s world renowned art institutions have interactive exhibits that are accessible online as well as live social activities happening on Facebook and Instagram.

Fitness and Wellness

Stuck at home? That’s no reason to fail those new year fitness goals of yours. Some Chicago-based Gyms are all closed, but the gyms and trainers are providing classes online and via social media.



Succezz BoutiqueIt’s no secret that with all of the shut downs local business are drowning, but online shopping is at an all-time high. Check out these Chicago-based retailers that offer ecommerce and shipping to accommodate you during the shelter-in-place-order.

Furious SpoonChicago Restaurants

Tired of cooking already? Chicago is one of the greatest culinary cities in the world even in a pandemic! Check out these Chi restaurants who are offering delivery services and take out.  You deserve a well cooked meal and of course, all of the major delivery apps are available for food delivery across the city, but take a look at a few location based options.





Let Me Get Ummm/Courtesy of Uber Eats



SouthMarjani Restaurant/Courtesy of Uber Eats



Kid Friendly Online Activities

AHA!! Many Chicago parents are screaming everywhere. Mainly because it’s looking like school is going to be closed for a bit more, but fear not! Here are some kid friendly activities and resources to help you out a bit.