Through virtual field trips, Stay Home. Hit Play. provides fun, educational experiences for Chicago students while they learn from home.

Set foot inside Chicago's favorite cultural institutions from home! Our virtual trips capture the magic of the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Wander through the Lincoln Park Zoo with Mayor Lightfoot! Connect with nature, get a glimpse of urban wildlife and see why the zoo is also an accredited arboretum. Free and open to the public throughout the year, the Lincoln Park Zoo is a perennial hometown favorite.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is our final destination. Highlights of our trip include hanging out with the gorillas and watching them use touch screens; learning about the Chilean flamingos’ pink plumage and preference for standing on one leg; meeting Seku, the 1,000-pound polar bear; and visiting the chicken coop, where visitors can take turns at feeding the chickens. We’ve made it fun for families to learn together. Check out our activities for all ages and abilities. Use the hashtag #StayHomeHitPlay to share your creations.

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The Field Museum

Join Mayor Lightfoot as she explores the world’s largest natural history museum. Peek into the lives of Native Americans, learn about Sue the T-rex, and study the fascinating world of insects.

The Shedd Aquarium

Take a walk with Mayor Lightfoot! Discover the fascinating world of aquatic animals and their ecosystems. Learn about the earth’s rich biodiversity.

National Museum of Mexican Art

Immerse yourself in Mexican art and culture with Mayor Lightfoot. With more than 3,000 years of creativity on display, learn about the diversity of Mexican culture.