How Chicagoans are maintaining friendships during the pandemic

Going on walks together. Delivering goodies to each other. Arguing about politics. Lots and lots of phone calls, Zoom hangouts, texting and messaging on Facebook or Twitter.

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FaceTime is one way people are keeping up with friends when it’s harder now to see people in person.

FaceTime is one way people are keeping up with friends when it’s harder now to see people in person.

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We asked Chicagoans: What are you doing to maintain friendships during the pandemic? Some answers have been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

“Bringing them booze! I work in the alcohol industry — this is one of the perks, and I’m happy to share.” — Holli Anzalone

“A group of friends and I get together on Zoom every Friday night, have a few beers and share music videos from YouTube on Watch2Gether — anything from classic MTV to comedy sketches. It’s one of the only things keeping me sane.” — John Eliasik

“I have been using social media quite a bit. I am in a high-risk category, due to my age, and the Internet has helped me stay focused and connected to the things I miss so much.” — Jo Ann Fields

“Flooding people with texts and photos of my new, COVID dog.” — Kelly Colleen

“WhatsApp, FIFA pros and Zoom.” — Gerry Obi Jaramillo

“Monthly Zoom get-togethers with two friends whom I shared pizza and wine with one Friday a month for five years. One member of our trio moved out of state a year and a half ago, so Zoom enabled us to recreate our tradition.” — Julie MacCarthy

“FaceTime with family, texting and occasional phone calls with friends.” — Patricia Smith

“My friends and I are calling, texting or using Facebook Messenger to make sure we’re all hanging in there OK.” — Katy Stevens

“Walking with them.” — Tina Rotter

“Texting mostly.” — Jackie Waldhier

“Wine on the patio and fire pits.” — Elizabeth Cook

“Talking on the phone — just like before COVID.” — Kathy Houlihan

“Arguing about politics.” — Steven Delisi

“Phone calls and Zoom gatherings.” — Cynthia Lipsey

“Social media is fairly invaluable in making sure that I’m not the only one I’m talking to.” — Mary Jane Tala

“We still meet for beers and parties at our houses. We live rurally, we are all healthy, and none of us know anyone infected.” — John Handy

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