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How Chicagoans plan to celebrate their COVID Thanksgiving: ‘very carefully, very graciously and very thankfully’

Many will spend it alone or with “Marie Callender,” others with their “bubble family.” But some plan to celebrate as usual, with family, despite the pandemic.

Well, one thing you won’t be able to do this year is join Teddy the Turkey in Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade, which is canceled this year.
Well, one thing you won’t be able to do this year is join Teddy the Turkey in Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade, which is canceled this year.
James Foster / Sun-Times file

With Thanksgiving getting close, we asked Chicagoans: How do you plan on celebrating your COVID-19 Thanksgiving? Some answers have been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

“Dad, stepmom and me (adult daughter) — we will Zoom with other family members and bring food to elderly grandparents. It’s not ideal, but we care about other people more than ourselves. Small sacrifices will create a bigger reward.” — Amy Brennan

“My immediate family of six only and watch some good old movies on Hallmark. It’s OK to have small gatherings. I think those are the best — less drama and less dishes to wash, less to clean up.” — Teresa Hernandez-Sanchez

“Same as always, gonna live my life without fear!” — Mike Barnes

“With my bubble family. I wish it were with my family family, though.” — Jeff Rosinski

“Alone. I’m a senior. I will not be with family. Too dangerous.” — Genevieve Williams

“Home alone with my dog.” — John Nesbitt

“Probably just me and Marie Callender.” — Michael Horn

“With my family, the same as always. COVID has ruined enough this year already.” — Victoria Moore

“Home alone with my husband.” — Cathy Miller Williams

“Just like I always did, with family. I don’t live in fear.” — Mark Mchugh

“All the fam together as always.” — Connie Olson Placencia

“Tacos and pizza with some cold porter beers.” — Martin Rodriguez

“With my loved ones! A total of 8 adults, 2 children.” — Mary Beth Palka

“Very carefully, very graciously and very thankfully.” — Al Walls

“Quietly, with few people.” — Andrea Fulgham

“Not sure yet. Maybe sleeping through it?” — Lizzie Sky