If you’re feeling trapped or stir crazy with the city’s new normal, rest assured you are not alone with today’s increased online connection. Several local businesses are taking to social media to stay connected and bring you their services — from yoga, live music, visual arts to online shopping.
Seeking a little connection? Check out a number of local virtual live events and initiatives happening throughout the neighborhood.
Live Virtual Music
Rosa’s Lounge. The team plans to launch the Rosa’s Lounge Live Music School, featuring 20-30 minutes of live instruction daily for children. A “family cocktail hour” will occur starting at 6:55 p.m. daily, with instructions on how to prepare cocktails (including non-alcoholic beverages, followed by live-streamed entertainment at 7 p.m.
“While painful, we support the coronavirus social distancing shutdown, which will save many, many lives,” Mangiullo said in the lounge’s newsletter. “We appreciate and are counting on your support for our entertainers and staff during the coronavirus crisis.”
Rosa’s is asking for donations to keep paying the musicians and teachers who will share instruction via live stream. If you wish to donate, you can use PayPal.
The Native. The folks at The Native are bringing their events online. The bar is using Instagram to post interactive activities, weekly DJ playlists from weekly in-person dance events, and live streams with bartenders and artists. Check out the new Queer Wave playlist by DJ Donnie Moore and stay tuned for more events that will include AMA’s with the bartenders, study hall art sessions, chances to win prizes and more.
Virtual Beer Tasting
Hopewell held its first virtual beer tasting this morning on Instagram — but don’t worry, the brewmasters will keep it going. Stay tuned for details and what beer is offered for pick-up.
Online Art Galleries
Galerie F. The gallery’s new exhibition, Restless 3.0, will launch online March 23 at 7 p.m. Beginning March 21, the gallery will be open to view the exhibition in person during normal business hours but they will be limiting the number of people allowed in the gallery at one time to less than 10.
In 2017, Galerie F launched its first Restless show with artwork created by 50 artists from all over the world, featuring works on skate decks plus other original pieces, screen prints and collectibles themed around skateboarding.
“Urban art and the skate culture share a fundamental common ground: the street. It’s here where our neighborhoods come alive, where we come together, pass by each other, and it’s the streets where art colorizes the small world we live in,” the gallery wrote about the new exhibit. “We are so excited to announce the 2020 return of this exhibition with new artists on the line-up as well as some beloved favorites from Chicago!”
Shopping Locally Online
Of course, this is one of the best ways to support local businesses during this trying time. Check out our guide on how to help in the community, which features gift cards to buy from restaurants, other online business deals and business relief funds for employees. And don’t worry, the farmer’s market will still take place this weekend — virtually! The market and the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce have set up an online shopping center featuring the local vendors at the market.
And if you want to support local business with fellow neighbors, join LoganSquarist’s Virtual Neighbor Meetup tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Help out by shopping gift cards for some of your favorite spots and plan your next outing post-COVID-19.
Virtual Yoga Classes
Logan Square Pilates. The studio launched its LSQP Virtual Studio for members or those itching to yog it in amid studio closures. Livestream Pilates Mat, Barre, Yoga, and Cardio Core Fusion classes led by your favorite LSQP instructors will be held at least once a day and new prerecorded videos will be uploaded regularly. The LSQP Virtual Studio is $39/month and will be available at no additional cost for all active monthly members.