Here at Habitat Chicago, we are committed to keeping our community united during these unprecedented times. Over the next few weeks, we will provide you with ideas and opportunities to help you, your families, and your community stay safe and healthy at home.


From virtual trivia night to meaningful lessons from tribal societies, we’re sharing six ways for you to make the most of your time at home. Enjoy, and be well!


Book and Podcast Recommendations:

Tribe by Sebastian Junger
Home Cooking with Samin and Hrishi
Draw Me a House by Thibaud Herem


>> Read Tribe by Sebastian Junger - Community is so important, especially during uncertain times like this. Through the lenses of history, psychology, and anthropology, New York Times Bestselling Author Sebastian Junger explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning in Tribe.


>> Listen to Home Cooking - Hosted by Chef Samin Nosrat (of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat) and Podcaster Hrishikesh Hirway, this heartwarming podcast provides cooking advice for those who are sheltering-in-place, people who are newly on SNAP, and essential workers looking for a nutritious lunch.


>> Unleash Your Inner Architect - Put your own flair to architecture classics from the Parthenon to a Frank Lloyd Wright in Draw Me a House by Thibaud Herem. This interactive coloring book is perfect for budding architects, urban planners, construction professionals, and future Habitat volunteers. Great for all ages!


Best Ways to Access Books

  • Support your local bookstores and order from them directly or shop on Indiebound.
  • Visit your library's website and learn how to access eBooks and audiobooks.


Virtual Recommendations:

Join the Associate Board's Trivia Night
Stream a movie from home while supporting a local Chicago theater
Take a Virtual Tour of the City


>> Miss Going to Trivia Night? Have a knack for random facts? Join Habitat Chicago's Associate Board for a virtual trivia night on May 7th. Winners will receive a Visa Giftcard worth fifty dollars. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in participating.


>> Watch Movies on StreamLocal Stream a movie from home while supporting local Chicago theaters, like the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Musicbox Theater. We suggest An Engineer Imagines, a documentary about Peter Rice, one of the most renowned Structural Engineers of the 20th Century.


>> Take a Virtual Tour of the City - Just because you're at home doesn't mean you can't explore our beautiful city. Whether you're a native or you just moved here, you'll definitely learn something new by taking virtual tours with the Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago Detours, or Chicago for Chicagoans today!



Enjoying Any of These Recommendations?

Use the hashtag #HealthyAtHomeCHI on your social media platforms and email us at when you do these activities. We'll share some of our favorites on our social media accounts!


Keep on Building 

A crisis like COVID-19 reminds us all how important it is to have a safe and stable home to shelter in, yet being healthy and safe at home is not a possibility for many of our Chicago neighbors. We know these are uncertain times for everyone, and Habitat Chicago is no exception. If you can, please consider making a donation to the Habitat Chicago COVID-19 Resiliency Fund. With your support, more Chicago families will have the opportunity to feel safe and healthy at home.



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