Now that we’re all sheltering in place for the time being, it’s important to make sure there are plenty of pleasant, uplifting distractions to help liven up the home atmosphere while also supporting and celebrating local businesses. From a digital mariachi concert to comedy classes, these are some of the latest and greatest virtual experiences for Chicagoans right now.
Enjoy a Makeshift Mariachi Concert With Old Pueblo Cantina
Just because you can’t physically attend a concert right now doesn’t mean you can’t dance to some spirited songs in your living room. Old Pueblo Cantina is keeping its weekly Mariachi Monday series going strong, pivoting to virtual concerts with its Cielito Lindo Family livestream on March 30. The show can be seen on both Facebook and Instagram, 6:30–7 p.m. You can also participate in the accompanying Instagram contest, Show Me Your Zoom, in case you have excessive amounts of energy to burn through.
Learn Stand-Up With Second City
Laughter really is the best medicine, especially for boredom. The world-famous comedy institution Second City is hosting online classes for anyone interested in learning the basics of comedic writing and stand-up. Classes, taught by Catherine Savage, are held Tuesday, 4–6 p.m., and Thursday, 7–9 p.m.
Perfect Your Wedding Dance With Ballroom Dance Chicago
Just because you’re quarantined doesn’t mean you can’t still practice your wedding dance. Ballroom Dance Chicago is offering online classes in a variety of dance styles, including wedding, Latin, and classic ballroom. The classes are just like the regular in-studio versions, but clearly more comfortable and less intimidating, and they take place on video chat with a one-on-one instructor, so it’s all very direct and well communicated. Check out the sessions offered and sign up here.
Write a Romance Novel With Story Studio Chicago
One great way to keep yourself distracted these days is by honing a new skill, and what better to focus on during these stay-at-home times than writing? Story Studio Chicago is helping writers of all skill and experience levels with online classes, and there’s an impressive list of options to choose from, including ones that tackle writer’s block, ones that help you round out your book, and ones designed to help with your romance novel. You can check out all your options and enroll here.
Find Your Zen With One Key Yoga
It’s important now more than ever to maintain wellness, both physically and mentally, and yoga is an optimal way to do that. Ravenswood’s One Key Yoga has transitioned into a digital form for the time being, offering weekend classes via Zoom calls. Open for newbies and aficionados alike, these instructor-led classes are a great way to stretch and meditate in the comfort of your own home. To join in, check out the studio’s Facebook page to access its Zoom code; classes take place Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.
Livestream the Lincoln Park Zoo
There’s something so calming and uplifting about gawking at seals and giraffes. Thankfully, Chicago’s glorious Lincoln Park Zoo can scratch that itch remotely with its new Lincoln Park Zoo livestreams. These regular videos meander throughout the sprawling zoo, getting viewers up close with all kinds of beloved critters. It’s sure to be a welcome distraction for kids—and honestly for adults, too. Check out the zoo’s Facebook page for updates and videos.