A big part of keeping everyone safe during COVID-19 is staying home and working remotely when possible. Along with schools and other organizations staying closed, it is import to ensure everyone stays healthy, both physically and mentally. The below list has opportunities to access a variety of experiences and resources from home:
CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY
- Chicago Public Library (CPL) cardholders can access library resources and information, including eBooks, audiobooks, music, video and online resources, 24/7 on their website.
- Don’t have a library card yet? Apply for an eCard to access eBooks, audiobooks and online resources.
- Patrons with smartphones can access CPL on the go with their mobile app.
- Other applications accessible with a CPL card include:
- Brainfuse: Live homework help from 2:00 – 11:00 pm in English and Spanish
- Hoopla: Streaming and downloadable audiobooks, music, video and eBooks
- Flipster: Read current and back issues of six of their most popular magazines: Bloomberg Businessweek, Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, Essence, People and Scientific American.
- Mango Languages: Lessons in 70+ languages, including English
- Overdrive: Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks
- RBdigital Audiobooks: Downloadable audiobooks
- RBdigital Magazines: Latest issues of more than a hundred popular magazines.
CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
- Enrichment Learning Resources: prepared enrichment activities to support student learning while schools are closed due to COVID-19
- Digital resources
- Activities to stay active at home
- High school recommended reading and podcasts
CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT
- Storytime with Ms. Eileen
- Art Project: How to Make a Baby Yoda
- Wellness Team’s Tips for Home
- Activities by the Park District: Coloring Sheets, Bingo Boards, Word Searches, and more!
- More on Chicago Park District Instagram and Facebook
- Take a Virtual Ballet Conditioning Class
- Mindful Meditation at Palmisano Park
- Garfield Park Conservatory Digital Tours
- Lincoln Park Conservatory
Senior Exercise Classes via ZOOM!
Computer: https://zoom.us/j/5552594442; password: 5225
Telephone: 312-626-6799; meeting ID: 555-259-4442# and hit # again for access
- Monday & Saturday at 9:00 am and Wednesday at 8:30 am – Zumba
- Tuesday at 9:00 am – Chi Gung
- Tuesday at 10:15 am – Tai Chi (immediately following Chi Gung)
- Tuesday at 6:00 pm – Yoga (make sure you have a mat)
- Wednesday & Friday at 10:00 am – Exercise with Paul
- Thursday at 9:30 am – Chair Yoga
- Quarantine with CircEsteem
- Virtual Yoga with Third Space
- Music Class for Kids ages 1 -4 with Third Space
- Illinois Environmental Council Lunch & Learn Series
- Khan Academy
- Audible Audiobooks: free access to a variety of audiobooks in six languages while students are at home
- ST Math
- Brain Pop
- Duo Lingo
- Math Playground
- PBS Kids
- Splash Learn
- Math Game Time
- Discover Mindblown
- NASA Kids’ Club
- Amazing Space
- Who Was?
- NAT GEO Kids
- Smithsonian for Kids
- Hello Kids
- Science Kids
- Mystery Science
- Open Books
- Cool Classics
SHOWS & MUSICALS
- The National Theatre: stream a free play every Thursday (then available for one week)
- April 2: One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, starring James Corden
- April 9: Jane Eyre, adapted by Sally Cookson
- April 16: Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery
- April 23: Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, starring Tamsin Greig
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- Adler Planetarium
- Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
- Field Museum
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicagoland Buildings
- National Gallery of Art
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- American Museum of Natural History
- Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- J. Paul Getty Museum
- High Museum of Art
- Museum of Fine Arts (Houston)
- Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
- National Portrait Gallery
- Smithsonian Institute
- Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
- Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
- Dry Tortugas National Park, Floridaj
ZOOS & AQUARIUMS
Looking on behalf of a student who has been moved to e-learning? Check out isbe.net/keeplearning for more.
- Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free (including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers). Visit www.xfinity.com/wifi to see hotspots, and select the “xfinitywifi” network name.
- Pausing Data Plan: Comcast is pausing its data plans for 60 days (starting March 14) and giving all existing customers Unlimited data.
- No Disconnects or Late Fees: Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact the company to inform them that they cannot pay their bills during this period.
- Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: Internet Essentials, Comcast’s broadband adoption program, will be free for 60 days.
- All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data.
- Internet access is available through the Access from AT&T program for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month. Eligibility access is expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.
- New Access from AT&T customers will receive two months of free service.
- Spectrum is offering free internet to students. Starting March 16, free broadband and Wi-Fi access will be offered for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.