With several weeks of social distancing under our belts, many of us have already tackled boredom-curing activities like spring cleaning, exercising, baking, and doing puzzles. We’ve previously shared ways to keep the kids amused, but we couldn’t forget about the adults! From organizing a virtual murder mystery party to learning how to bartend, here are nine activities you can enjoy now.
Host a Game Night
Organize a virtual Jeopardy! night with friends using an online template. You can build your very own game with custom questions or use templates created by other people. All you have to do is share your screen with players on Zoom and keep track of their scores. Rotate who hosts each week, and you’ve got yourself a standing game night.
Attend a Virtual Event
Join a virtual festival, watch a live comedy show, or learn about wine from the comfort of your couch. Businesses and leaders throughout Chicago are hosting an array of virtual events that give you the opportunity to meet new people, learn something new, or just be entertained. Checkout Choose Chicago’s roundup of upcoming events here.
Grab your sleeping bag and tent and head to the backyard for an evening under the stars. If you do not have outdoor space, convert your living room into a campsite. Set the ambiance by streaming a campfire on your TV or phone, and don’t forget about the s’mores, which you can easily make in the oven.
Become a Better Bartender
Miss your favorite bartender’s perfectly crafted cocktails? Bartenders across the country are helping you up your at-home bar game by teaching you all the tips, tricks, and recipes you need to elevate Happy Hour. When all else fails, you can always order a cocktail kit from a local restaurant or bar.
Take a Tour
Your travel plans may be on hold for now, but Google Earth still has your back. Tour dozens of national parks and see some of the country’s best views and natural landscapes without leaving the house. Take note of your favorite spots and start planning a future in-person trip.
Learn Something New
There is no time like the present to learn a new skill or subject. Whether you want to take on a new language, master the art of stand-up, or become a poet, there are plenty of online resources to help you take advantage of your free time. Learn from the best of the best in acting, writing, photography, leadership, entrepreneurship, and more from classes taught by the likes of Robin Roberts, Serena Williams, Annie Leibovitz, and Sara Blakely on MasterClass.
Catch a Live Show
Although our favorite music festivals have been cancelled or postponed this summer, you can still take in some live music courtesy of Lollapalooza’s Lolla From the Vault. Streamed on YouTube, Lolla From the Vault brings a different iconic performance from past years’ festivals every Thursday at 7:00 pm CT. You can also check out live performances from the Millennium Park Summer Music Series and Ravinia Festival.
Organize a Murder Mystery Party
You can’t invite your friends over for a murder mystery party right now, but you can use Zoom to experience a thrilling evening of mystery and crime with the help of Red Herring Games. Pick from Red Herring’s many, and often hilarious, storylines such as “The Great British Bump Off” and “Death Actually,” and choose the virtual option when you download the game. From there, assign characters to your participants, and you are ready to go.
Netflix and Enjoy Together
Take movie night to a new level by downloading Netflix Party, which synchronizes everyone’s videos so you and your friends can watch your favorite films or shows at the same time. Netflix Party even adds a group chat feature so you can easily express your “oohs,” “ahs,” and “no ways!” throughout your viewing.
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Home has taken on a whole new meaning as of late. It has transformed into a haven, a classroom, a workout studio, an office, and everything in between. As we spend more time at home than ever, we’ve learned a thing or two about the four walls around us.
For some of us, the pandemic has reminded us of all the reasons we fell in love with our homes. And for others, it has revealed all the reasons why it may be time to move on. Here’s how COVID-19 has impacted what we want from our homes.
Home Offices Have Become a Necessity
As telecommuting becomes more commonplace, so is the need for quiet, distraction-free spaces. These rooms or areas have become essential during the pandemic, helping with productivity and providing a more distinct separation between work and home life. So, for those lacking a designated work space, home offices have shot their way to the top of the checklist.
Outdoor Space Is a Plus
Social distancing has made it more difficult to experience the outdoors like we normally would, which is why the desire for private outdoor space has become so prevalent. Whether it comes in the form of a yard, balcony, or terrace, outdoor space is a major draw for homebuyers. And for those with a little more space, front porches have the added benefit of increasing social interactions between neighbors during warmer months.
Healthy Materials Are Desirable
While there was demand for new construction before the pandemic, more homebuyers may start looking to new construction – as well as renovation projects – for features that promote healthy and sustainable living. These include high quality filtration systems for air and water; indoor air quality monitoring; germ-resistant, anti-microbial countertops and flooring; smart toilets; self-sanitizing door handles; and health monitoring systems for homeowners.
Flex Space Sounds Nice
With fitness routines impacted by gym closures and class cancellations, people have switched to at-home workout regimens. As buyers embark on their search, they’re most likely going to look for homes that will help them maintain their current lifestyle. For some, that means space for a home gym that can also be converted for other uses is an extremely attractive feature.
If you’re ready to take the next step on your home buying journey, contact Maureen who can help you check off all your boxes.