Fun, Engaging, and Creative Ways to Stay Connected While Physically Apart

With the Illinois stay-at-home order in place, people are learning to challenge their creativity while finding ways to stay virtually connected.  Being distant and experiencing disruption can cause stress and anxiety. During these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to practice self-care and keep busy. There are a variety of online options.

Card game celebrating black culture

Playing card games is a fun, simple way to de-stress, keep your spirits up, and strengthen relationships. Rachel and Chris Gregoire of Fam Foolery, Inc. are the creators of Trap Wars® The Urban Game Night Experience. Due to social distancing, they started live-streaming the virtual game of Trap Wars. Here is how the game works: (1) Players give clues via phone or video chat. (2) The first player to guess three words wins. Join @famfoolery for game night Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. on Instagram Live. Visit

Customized math learning

The Mathnasium in Hyde Park offers math instruction and homework help for students in grades 1-12. Forced to close the doors immediately after its grand opening in mid-March due to the global health crisis, the center now provides math learning online. The center equips students with digitally replicated curriculum binders after they enroll electronically. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Center Director Laurie Bryant, a state-certified math teacher, has volunteered to answer basic math questions for students not enrolled at Mathnasium. Visit

Storytelling for a cause

Lily Be uses her gift of storytelling to support impacted businesses such as The Silver Room. She brings people together for her URLife Mutual Aid Online Storytelling Gameshow. With audience participation, each contestant shares a true story based on the cards dealt to them while playing to raise money for an individual, an organization, a service employee, a business, or a cause. Visit to watch live Saturdays in April at 7:00 p.m.

Dancing for your health

Ayodele Drum and Dance offers African dance lessons on video to help you workout. This group of women promises to bring good energy while dancing from the soul. See videos at

Nicole Goss, the creator of BlackGurlHoopin, pairs hula hooping with dancing to promote fitness, wellness, and body positivity. Go to and

Cooking lessons with a vet

Warriors Beyond War, an organization serving veterans and first responders, hosts the Back to Basics Virtual Cooking Class on Facebook Live as a calming way to teach life skills, create memories, and bond with loved ones. Learn recipes at Sundays at 4:00 p.m. through April.

Gearing up to teach youth about bikes

Blackstone Bicycle Works in Woodlawn now provides virtual programming for youth participants to learn about bike mechanics and safety. Blackstone youth are also planning an “Ask a Blackstone Mechanic” series online. Visit

City-sponsored business workshops

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) now offers free business education workshops as webinars. Visit for details.

More things to do

Check out these websites for other ways to fill your calendar with things to do at home.

Park activities:

Streaming theatre:

Museums, event listings, and the arts:



Online video courses:

For children:

In this challenging season, there is so much to discover that we can use long after self-quarantining is over.





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