Rising to the growing call for more ways to learn, create, and entertain from home, Chicago’s North Shore museums, libraries, and other organizations have scads of free options for you and your family to occupy your time. Tour historical collections from local and national perspectives, occupy the kids with stories and activities, or do some painting and crafting with expert guides in online workshops. Check your community library to find thousands of free movies and audiobooks, plus a deep well of research material for any project. Use some of this new space to expand your horizons in fresh ways.
Keep up with all of Chicago North Shore museums, history centers, art centers and other attractions as they continue to expand their online content and offerings. Know of any virtual experiences not listed here? Please let us know.
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Discover History Virtually and By Bike in Skokie
Offering a steady stream of engaging content across social media (including Museum Audio Tours via app), the Illinois Holocaust Museum includes virtual tours of many of their exhibits including the Notorious RBG: Virtual Exhibition Tour. Get a glimpse of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s extraordinary life and work. The museum also offers help to parents at home looking for educational interactive programs for their kids. If you’re getting antsy, set out solo or with a family member on a self-guided Historic Skokie Bike Tour from the Skokie Heritage Museum with views of Emily Oaks Nature Center, the restored Historic Engine House, and St. Peter Catholic Church built in the Gothic Revival style.
Take Flight and Keep the Kids Busy with Treats from Glenview
L: Notorious RBG: Virtual Exhibition Tour, Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie; R: Skokie Heritage Museum, Skokie
Pick Evanston Greats or Evanston Paints
Virtual Classes: L: Khol Children's Museum, Glenview; R: Pinot's Palette, Glenview
Step into Spring in Glencoe
L: Online Workshop, Amanda Evanston; R: Adoration of the Masters, Elizabeth Olds, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston
Explore Northbrook and Winnetka's Past
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Your Public Library
T: Historic Northbrook, Northbrook Historical Society; B: Historic Winnetka, Winnetka Historical Society