37 Cool Things to Do at Home in MayAudrey Snyderon May 5, 2020 at 10:01 pm

You’re getting sick of this whole quarantine thing, aren’t you? Well, think about it this way: when it’s over, you’ll never have this much time to yourself ever again. Take advantage of not knowing what day it is and finish strong with this quarantine bucket list.

Photo Credit: Old Town School of Folk Music

Learn to play guitar

You can get help, if you need it, from the teachers at Old Town School of Folk Music.


easy cocktail recipesGet into mixology

You can get cocktail kits to help you create delicious concoctions.

Photo Credit: The Field Museum

Take a virtual museum tour

Chicago is home to some of the best museums in the world.


Read or listen to books through the public library

Check out Chicago Public Library’s online resources to find out how to access materials.

Stream the Northern Lights any night of the week

This livestream of the Northern Lights runs 24/7.


Take creative writing classes with StoryStudio

Flex those creative muscles and get a story down on paper.


Follow the Shedd animals’ adventures on Instagram

They’re just so adorable.

Photo Credit: TimeLine Theatre

Watch a Broadway show

If you’re missing a little drama in your life, you can always stream it straight from BroadwayHD.


Watch a new streaming platform

You know, since you’ve binged everything else.

Photo Credit: Atsushi Nishijima

Or stick to movies on Netflix

The classics you can’t forget.

Sing along with your neighbors

You can join other Chicagoans nightly in singing to show support for healthcare and other essential workers.

Photo Credit: SPACE

Check out SPACE’s virtual concert series

Or have someone come sing on your front lawn.

The Empty Bottle
Photo Credit: The Empty Bottle Instagram

Experience live music with Empty Bottle’s Music Friendly Distancing

We miss our concert venues a little too much.

Watch live painting and music

Watch the livestream of local artist Lewis Achenbach painting along with a musical performance by DoYeon Kim.

Chicago Psychic & Tarot Card

Get spiritual with a tarot meet-up on Zoom

Quarantine might have you feeling out of whack. Get realigned.

Photo Credit: South Side Home Movie Project

Watch home movie footage with a DJ set

Every Thursday at 7 pm, you can catch a set of footage from the South Side Home Movie Project digital archives, accompanied by Chicago DJs.

Have brunch with DJ Ca$h Era on Twitch every Sunday

The virtual dance party you sorely need.

Get your fill of weirder sounds with Experimental Sound Studio’s Quarantine Concerts

Music feeds the soul.

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Relive an iconic Lollapalooza set every Thursday night

And tune in for Power Hour on Sundays!

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Chill out with “The Baby Whisperer”

If you have kids and they (or you) need to chill out, let Colin read them a story!

Paint and sip at home

With this online class, you’ll be guided through painting Frida Kahlo.

Try a virtual beer tasting

We all know you’re drinking anyway. Try it with people again!

Wine Dinner

Taste some wine with In Grape Company

More of a wino? Got you.

Take a cooking class

Master those skills in the kitchen.

Chitown Comedy Takeover

Laugh your ass off at virtual comedy night

Cabin Fever puts on nightly shows for your entertainment.

Learn something new

Pick up a new skill.

Listen to a sonnet a day from Patrick Stewart

Brew some Earl Grey and settle in for Shakespearean sonnets with your favorite starship captain.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Photo courtesy of DisneyWorld.

Virtually visit a Disney park

Wouldn’t it be so cool to visit a Disney park when no one else is there?

Solve a livestream escape room

You thought the real thing was hard.

Photo Credit: Old Town School of Folk Music

Listen to streaming improvised piano

Pianist Jonathan Hannau, who ordinarily performs an hour of improvised music for meditation at St. Vincent de Paul every Tuesday, has moved this session online.

Go to prom

If you thought you couldn’t go to prom, you are mistaken— FitzGerald’s is doing an online prom show this month.

Second City
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Watch an improv show

Second City is streaming free at-home improv shows on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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Let Dolly Parton read you bedtime stories

Why not?

Have a boozy brunch at your place

BYOB, obviously.

Photo Credit: MCA

Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Commons Online

Join this arts community.

Photo Credit: Daybreaker

Wake up with a virtual dance party

Daybreaker has been throwing morning parties long before quarantine, but now they’re virtual!

Photo Credit: Warner Brothers

Go to Hogwarts

Put your sorting cap on and check out these Harry Potter activities on JK Rowling’s new site.

Learn how to knit

You know you’ve always wanted to.

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