Chicago’s Mayor and Museums Team Up for ‘Stay Home. Hit Play.’ Series

Mayor Lori Lightfoot ushers a team of penguins into Shedd Aquarium, giving the waddling pack a taste of what Chicagoans know all too well: a reminder to stay inside.

Thus starts Lightfoot’s visit to Shedd Aquarium, the first Chicago museum featured in the mayor’s “Stay Home. Hit Play.” initiative. With a weekly look at the city’s family hot-spots, Lightfoot joins the museums’ curators for behind-the-scenes looks and information while Chicago families remain indoors.

As Illinois residents are inside under stay-at-home orders through May 30, kids can see inside Shedd, the Field Museum, the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Museum of Science and Industry, the National Museum of Mexican Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and Lincoln Park Zoo.

Weekly episodes of “Stay Home. Hit Play.” will air on the series website on Wednesdays beginning April 29 with access on television on WTTW on Fridays and WTTW Prime on Mondays. Parents can also download worksheets and other educational materials about the museums.

“The exciting launch of Stay Home. Hit Play. allows our city’s cultural gems to come to life, ensuring our students are able to stay connected and engaged with our world-class museums and institutions amidst the unprecedented restrictions of COVID-19,” Lightfoot says in a release. “As challenging as this moment has been, we will get through it together, and I look forward to joining all of Chicago in re-experiencing these inspiring sites when this crisis ends.”

Citadel, a Chicago financial institution, is co-sponsoring the series.

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