(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS March 26, 2020) – Chicago is known for our resilient and welcoming spirit, shaped by our place in the heart of the country. We're the city that feels like home, no matter where you are in the world. While we all continue to pause, we invite you to connect with and experience our city — from taking a virtual tour of our immersive museums and attractions to enjoying recipes from Chicago Chefs at home. When the time is right, we look forward to warmly welcoming you to Chicago.
Check out the latest experiences and offerings our partners have shared with us below, and visit www.choosechicago.com/chicagohome for more information and ongoing updates:
VIRTUAL TOURS AND DIGITAL EXPERIENCES
With Google Arts & Culture, virtual visitors can roam the halls of many Chicago Museums from the comfort of their home. Museums and attractions include Adler Planetarium, The Art Institute of Chicago, DuSable Museum of African American History, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago History Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, Oriental Institute Museum, and IIT Institute of Design.
The Chicagoland area is home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in the world. This is where you'll find some of the iconic architect's most influential works, including two UNESCO World Heritage sites — Oak Park's Unity Temple and the Frederick C. Robie House in Hyde Park. Take a look inside with these video tours:
The Art Institute of Chicago is known for their astounding collection, which includes some of the most famous paintings on the planet. And more than 40,000 of their works have been digitized in high-resolution, so you can explore them from the comfort of your own home. A good place to start is with some of the museum's essential works — zoom in to see each tiny dot in a A Sunday on La Grande Jatte or admire the brushstrokes in Monet's Water Lilies. See the digital collection and explore more ways to visit virtually here.
The Adler Planetarium is America's first planetarium and it has become a recognized leader in space education. Bring the lab to your little scientist and spark curiosity and encourage exploration with the Adler Planetarium's Let's Do Science video series. Designed for families and educators, these engaging at-home experiments use household materials for fun hands-on, minds-on science activities. Experiments range from floating an egg in water to building a space-age lava lamp, and more.
Chicago History Museum is a place of learning, discovery, creativity, and of course, history. Delve into Chicago's rich history with the Chicago History Museum's entire portal of online exhibitions, which presents a fascinating look at our city's past. Learn about the Great Chicago Fire, the life of Abraham Lincoln, the Haymarket riots, and the evolution of Chicago's culinary scene. One of their coolest digital experience is the Chicago θθ Project, which offers free virtual reality experiences of defining Chicago moments like the SS Eastland Disaster and the 1933 World's Fair. Explore online exhibits.
The Field Museum is a revered Chicago institution and one of the world's great museums of natural history. From home, message Máximo the museum's titanosaur through online chat or text message. You can ask the Field Museum's friendly titanosaur what life was like during the Cretaceous Period, how he came to be at the museum, and even his favorite color or what he likes to eat. Send Máximo a message using the button on this page or text him at 70221.
This hidden gem, located on the University of Chicago campus, houses a treasure trove of artifacts from the most ancient days of Egypt, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, and beyond. The Oriental Institute's virtual tour lets you explore many of the objects uncovered during their excavations, from early pottery to a massive statue of King Tut. Take the virtual tour.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography is the world's premier college art museum dedicated to photography. Located within the Columbia College Chicago's Loop campus, the museum is home to more than 15,000 objects by over 1,500 artists. Their digital collections showcase photographs from the MoCP permanent collection that have been selected by artists, curators, and students. See here for the museum's digital exhibitions.
The National Hellenic Museum, home to the largest collection of Greek American artifacts in the world, offers a free digital museum. The digital museum is home to 20,000+ artifacts, photos, historic newspapers, and books, plus more than 450 recorded oral histories. See here to view the collection and archives.
The National Museum of Mexican Art is home to one of the country's largest Mexican art collections, staffed by curators and experts who are passionate about Mexican art. The museum's staff and their families are finding creative ways to stay busy and entertained with at home activities. See here for some of their favorite activities to enjoy during this time.
The Newberry Library houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material as Chicago's independent research library since 1887. You can explore more than one million of these items digitized online.
ZOOS AND ANIMALS
Brookfield Zoo, a 216-acre oasis that is home to over 2,000 animals, is bringing the zoo to you with Facebook broadcasts to make time home with kids entertaining and educational. See African painted dog puppies get their first physical exam, gorillas using tools to get food, and much more.
The Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the largest zoo-based conservation and science programs in the country, is providing unique experiences for supporters to 'keep in touch' with their favorite animals and spaces at the zoo. Tune in to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for keeper chats, virtual habitat tours, Q&As, relaxing videos, and Facebook Lives with Zoo Director Megan Ross, Ph.D. Check out the zoo's blog for an inside look at how Lincoln Park Zoo provides world-class care to nearly 200 species, as well as ways to connect young ones with nature and much more.
The Shedd Aquarium, home to 32,600 species of sea life, is giving visitors a live glimpse into the aquarium to enjoy from home. With the Shedd Aquarium's Underwater Beauty live cam, enter a world of shimmer, color, pattern and rhythm, where jellies pulse, eels ribbon and a rainbow comes alive with reef fishes in the aquarium's most diverse special exhibit ever. Underwater Beauty shows how every aquatic animal is beautifully adapted to thrive in its environment — and how this beauty is worth saving.
DINING & IMBIBING AT HOME
RECIPES FROM OUR CHEFS
Recipes can be found here; check back for more.
Executive Chef Derek Dupree of Bernie's shares his hummus with lamb recipe and notes, “hummus is fairly easy to make and uses ingredients that are non-perishable, and that you likely already have. Hummus also makes for a great work-from-home snack.”
Learn new cooking tips and techniques in The Chopping Block's online video library. Chef Shelley Young's comprehensive, easy-to-follow videos feature recipes, ingredients and techniques designed to answer all of your cooking questions. Can't remember how to make risotto or need to brush up on how to chop an onion? The Chopping Block is your free, go-to online cooking resource.
Cochon Volant Brasserie, Francois Frankie, and Taureaux Tavern Executive Chef Mike Sheerin shares his roasted chicken recipe and states, "this is my go-to recipe for a simple dinner that's guaranteed to have leftovers for a few days. You probably already have the spices in your kitchen, it's family-friendly, and the cooking process is easy."
Executive Chef and Partner Brian Jupiter at Frontier and Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods provides his Lima Beans and Jambalaya recipe for those looking for cooking inspiration. Chef Brian shares, "I am from New Orleans, so Jambalaya has always been a go-to recipe that reminds me of home and family. The great thing about Jambalaya is you can really add in whatever vegetables and meat you have available and it turns out delicious. Have fun when cooking it and add your own flair."
The Langham Chicago's Pastry Chef Danielle Marelli shares a home-friendly recipe - Lucky Charm bars to add a sweet treat to anyone's day. Travelle at The Langham is also sharing home-friendly recipes including: a cocktail recipe perfect for springtime, a delicious pasta recipe and three delightful desserts.