Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, with her glorious sense of humor, has brought a good amount of much-needed giggles to Chicago in a time when smiles can be hard to muster. Her newly launched Stay Home. Hit Play. weekly educational video series will make her more visible and accessible to Chicago students and families—something we LOVE! Read on to hear how you can invite our city’s leader into your family room and have just a little more Mayor Lightfoot in your life.

The Details
Mayor Lightfoot’s series, in collaboration with Citadel, will bring engaging, educational programming from Chicago’s cultural gems to students across the city. Every Wednesday, viewers will go behind the scenes with the Mayor at the city’s museums and cultural institutions.

Where Will She Visit?
Museum curators and staff, along with Mayor Lightfoot, will lead virtual tours of their most popular exhibits and share hidden treasures not typically seen by the average museum-goer. You’ll see places like Shedd Aquarium, 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 the Lincoln Park Zoo.

How Can Students Participate from Home?
Each weekly episode will include corresponding worksheet activities to further engage students and cement the day’s learnings. These worksheets can be found on the program’s official website, hitplaychicago.org.

Where and When Can You Watch?
The series kicks off with a visit to Shedd Aquarium, where viewers will see tuxedoed penguins (including the infamous Wellington), feed the ravenous sharks and say hello to Nickel the adorable rescued sea turtle.

The Shedd Aquarium segment premieres on Wed., Apr. 29 on hitplaychicago.org and airs on Fri., May 1 at 5:30 p.m. on Chicago’s PBS stations, WTTW and on Mon., May 4 at 12:30 p.m. on WTTW Prime (11.2).

Following the Apr. 29 premiere, subsequent episodes will follow the same schedule—airing each Wednesday online and Fridays and Mondays on TV.

Online: hitplaychicago.org

— Maria Chambers

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