How Chicagoans plan on getting through the COVID winter we’re facing

Reading. Remodeling. Keeping up with a newborn. Watching reruns of ‘The Price is Right.’ Baking for neighbors. Those are some of the ways.

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We’re probably still facing months, at least, before we make it through the dark clouds of the coronavirus pandemic.

We’re probably still facing months, at least, before we make it through the dark clouds of the coronavirus pandemic. Chicagoans tell us their plans for how they’ll get there.

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We asked Chicagoans: What’s your plan for getting through the winter during the pandemic? What are you doing to stay occupied? Some answers have been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

“Currently finishing up the third book in a series. Been at this five years. First two books on Amazon. Writing and cooking keep me busy.” — Joanie Swanson

“Basement remodeling project.” — Kevin Roecker

“We have a quarantine baby boy here, born 17 days ago, keeping us very busy.” — Pete Kurasz

“Reading, art projects, music, writing handwritten letters, meditation and baking lots for those in my neighborhood.” — Angie Mamrot

“Sleeping.” — Zakaria Sermak

“Making coquito.” — Sergio X. Lopez

“I don’t have a plan. I go to work, and I come home ,and I eat and shower and sleep, and I’m quite satisfied with my own company. I shop once per week.” — Rhonda Witherow

“Not staying home. Going to all the bars that stayed open in south ‘burbs.” — Steve Drexel

“Read books and playing solitaire all day.” — Leo Cerami

“Staying in — a lot, as I do in the winter.” — Sandy Mckie Villalobos

“Poxy remote learning with three kids.” — Ingrid Breslin

“This is the best time of year! Outdoors: walking my dogs, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, glamping, etc!” — Erika Hoffmann

“I go about my business as I’ve been doing for years, except now I do it with a mask.” — Lisa Hoogland Bugler

“Reading ‘Caste’ by Isabel Wilkerson.” — Carroll Sanders

“Netflix!” — Elizabeth Williams

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