Quarantine Week 4: Here Are 5 Things To Keep You Sane

Why yes, that is snow out your window. It’s week four of our stay-at-home order, and cabin fever is at an all-time high with this weather. Here are five things to keep yourself busy, and sane.

Virtual Cinema: Stream Indie Films at Home

Music Box Theater Virtual Cinema

Lakeview’s historic Music Box Theater may be closed due to Covid-19, but it is offering indie films to stream at home, with proceeds benefiting their staff and independent filmmakers. Viewers can rent movies such as Saint Frances, Sorry We Missed You and CatVideoFest, and fees range from $12 to “pay what you can.”

Indulge in a Simple, Spring-Forward Recipe

Honey Vanilla Pot
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Using only a few ingredients, Brooklyn Supper’s Honey Vanilla Pots de Crème serve as an elegant canvas for any berries you may have on hand. Similar to crème brulee, pots de crème consist of a sweet custard combining milk, cream, and egg yolks for extra richness. Want more delicious spring recipes? Try some of our favorites.

Keep Your Hands Busy with a Virtual Planting Workshop


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Flowers for Dreams, a floral company who always gives back, is helping us keep busy with their virtual planting workshops for adults and kids. Choose from workshops such as terrarium building and spring bouquet arranging, and all materials will be sent to your home.

Take Some Time For Yourself


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Self care is extremely important for your mental health, especially during this time. Whether that is going for a run, reading a book or pampering with a face mask, do something for yourself that you enjoy. If meditation is on your list, Chill Chicago is offering complimentary sessions three times a week through Zoom and Instagram Live.

Host a Virtual Dinner Party

Virtual Dinner Party

By now, most of us have participated in a virtual happy hour, but why not step it up and have a dinner party? From food prep and cooking, to enjoying your meal together, it’s more fun with friends and family. For those among us who are alone, this is a wonderful way to stay connected and switch things up, too.

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Macaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered and adopted into loving homes.


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