When the calendar rolled to 2020 you likely had no idea what Zoom was. Boy, has that changed. While Chicago is sheltering, the free video-conferencing platform seems to be the center of attention as a way to stay connected with family, friends, school and work and access programming you typically experience in person. The next time you hop on to chat with friends, host a work call or your kid takes a yoga class, why not show your hometown pride with these Chicago-themed Zoom backgrounds?

photo: 360 CHICAGO

360 CHICAGO

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck at 875 N. Michigan Ave. now gives your fellow Zoomers something to admire other than you and your makeshift home office.

From twinkling city lights at sunset to stunning lakefront and skyline scenes unique to Chicago, it’s easy and free to swap out backgrounds for aspirational views of 360 CHICAGO and TILT from its 94th-floor perch.

Download your favorite here.

photo: The Chicago Theatre Twitter

The Chicago Theatre

Via their Twitter page, you can find 4 images of the iconic Chicago Theatre. Download here

Wrigley Field - Cubs

Baseball fans are mourning the start of the season, but show your northside pride with a snap of Wrigley Field to hold you over. Download here

Guaranteed Rate Field - Chicago White Sox

Don't worry, southsiders, we have you covered, too. Until you can take your seat at Guaranteed Rate Field, host your next Zoom call with White Sox as your background. Download here

United Center - Chicago Bulls

The NBA's regular season came to a screeching halt in March. Show your Bulls fandom with the United Center backdrop. Download here

photo: Soldier Field

Soldier Field

Soldier Field is home to the Chicago Bears and also doubles as an epic concert venue. Its gates are closed for now, but daydream of game days with Soldier Field as your Zoom backdrop. Download here.

Chicago Bears

Throwback to the days of Mike Ditka, or select from 10 Chicago Bears Zoom backgrounds. Download here.

Skydeck Chicago

Skydeck Chicago will transport you and your Zoom participants 103 stories above the city streets, atop the world-famous Willis Tower. Experience the thrills of stepping out on the Ledge, without the fear factor. Download here.

Parson's Chicken & Fish

Dream of summer days catching some sun on the patio of Parson's Chicken & Fish. Download Parson's (and more restaurants!) here

Chicago Booth

Chicago Booth grad? Show your school pride with a themed Zoom background. Download (and find more!) here

Northwestern University

Northwestern's Global Marketing & Communications has created a variety of University-branded Zoom templates, and some that show the cityscape. Download (and explore options) here

— Maria Chambers

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