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Things to Do At Home

Whether it’s watching a great movie, experimenting in the kitchen or starting a garden, we’re rounding up the best ways to pass the time during Illinois’ stay-at-home order.

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100 things to do while stuck inside due to the coronavirus

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Things to do with your kids while self-quarantining at home

Staying home all day can get boring for children used to packed days of socializing at school. Here are some ideas for things to do.

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How to create a garden on your balcony, deck or patio

Everything you need to know to create a container garden in a small urban space.

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What’s a positive habit you’ve developed during the pandemic? What Chicagoans told us.

Reading more. Weekly family Zooms. More walks. Learning Spanish. But maybe the most amazing answer was from a woman who improved her diet and lost 92 pounds.

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How have you made your home more comfortable during the pandemic? What Chicagoans say.

Decluttering. Rearranging. Doing cleanup in small, manageable steps. Putting in more shelves. Donating things from home they don’t really need. That’s some of what we heard.

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Growing my own food in the times of COVID

As the nation went to war with COVID-19, I set out to find a place for veggies in the flower beds.

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The best edible plants you can actually grow indoors

If you want to nurture something under your roof that you can eat, you just have to think about greens.

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Virtual Do Division Street Fest postponed

This year’s festival will run for a week and include two nights of live-streamed music.

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SkyART bringing art kits directly to Chicago youth during stay-at-home

SkyART bills itself as the only free art program of its kind in Chicago, normally reaching some 3,600 youths ages 3 to 24, with programs in its facilities as well as at several dozen schools and community organizations.

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The Mix: Cool things to check out online May 28-June 3

There’s a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online in the week ahead.

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FaceTime conversations don’t have to be awkward: 35 topics to talk about on your quarantine calls

If you’re finding your FaceTime conversations waning or have been avoiding picking up because you don’t know what to talk about, don’t fret, young grasshoppers.

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No summer camp? No problem. Here are 5 ways to re-create the experience for kids stuck at home

Summer camps provide critical development opportunities for kids, different than school, with different end goals.

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House, blues, gospel music set for online Millennium Park at Home series

The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancelation of three of Chicago’s most popular summer music festivals, but the music lives on in a new virtual performance series.

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10 best movies offering big entertainment in small spaces

Like many of us now, the characters in ‘Rear Window,’ ‘The Breakfast Club,’ ‘Panic Room’ and these other great films seldom stray from one location

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‘The Lovebirds’: Cracking up is easy to do in dark breakup comedy

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani display expert timing as the unhappy couple caught up a deadly criminal case.

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The Mix: A Nathan Lane-Robert Falls chat and more things to check out online May 21-27

There’s a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online in the week ahead.

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Red Nose TV benefit event for kids in need features a host of celebrity guests

Actors, musicians and comedians idled by social distancing will provide songs, sketches and short films about the children and charities that will be aided by donations.

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Dennis DeYoung, Jim Peterik, Tom Green to headline ‘virtual’ summer ‘fests’

Music and comedy are on the bill for two June online events.

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We know the ending, but ‘Game 6: The Movie’ still a thrilling ride

"Game 6: The Movie" isn’t merely a rebroadcast of the 1998 Bulls-Jazz NBA Finals clincher. It’s a bit of a hybrid, as we see every minute of the game in real time, and we hear the calls of play-by-play man Bob Costas and analysts Doug Collins and Isiah Thomas as they were heard that day.

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Krispy Kreme offering free doughnuts to high school, college seniors

The doughnut maker is also offering a themed "Class of 2020" box available for purchase the week of May 18 through May 24.

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Chicago woman vets wannabe dads on new pregnancy dating show

‘Labor of Love’ star Kristy Katzmann, a former contestant on ‘The Bachelor,’ is prepared to go toward motherhood with or without a husband.

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Recipe Swap: Murgh Makhani (butter chicken), orange cream chip cookies, Robert Joffrey chili

For the adventurous or the die-hard home cook, what better time to take a deep dive into a an old family recipe?

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5 things to know about ‘Hunger Games’ new prequel ‘Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’

Scholastic released the new novel Tuesday. It’s set long before Katniss was around and explains a lot about the world of the huge-selling young-adult fiction trilogy.

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Recipe Swap: These dishes will inspire your quarantine cooking

This week Sun-Times staffers serve up vegetarian lasagna, pulled pork and chicken soup. Now it’s your turn!

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Patton Oswalt has cereal and sincerity on his mind in smart new special

The comedian delivers plenty of insights during ‘I Love Everything’ on Netflix