As we’re all doing our part to stay home and keep one another safe, we are now finding ourselves with two holidays in the midst of it all: Easter and Passover. These can (and should) still be celebrated with special moments such as sharing a delicious chef-crafted meal, sending a card to a loved one you might be missing a bit extra over the holidays or taking the time to experience something new. We’ve put together a list of unique offerings and opportunities for everyone to take advantage of as they’re celebrating this week.
Show Love with a Special Card, Craft or Treat
Celebrating a holiday in this unique situation can be challenging. Now more than ever a greeting card can mean so much to someone. Paper Source offers a wide selection of cards for both Easter and Passover, available for purchase on their website. For those with little ones, they also offer countless options when it comes to holiday-specific crafts, egg-dying kits, and even special goodies for Easter baskets!
Show Support for Those Supporting Us and Help Connect Families
In an effort to support the healthcare and support staff who care tirelessly for their elderly residents, Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care is seeking donations of non-perishable pre-packaged food, personal care items and cleaning supplies. This initiative aims to provide each staff member with a bag of groceries weekly during this difficult situation. If you are interested in donating to show your support, please bring items to Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care in North Riverside and drop the items in the designated donation area outside the white door by the loading dock, so that the staff may sanitize and distribute accordingly. The center is also requesting donations of used iPads to provide families and friends the opportunity to video chat. To be used exclusively for digitally connecting residents to their loved ones during these difficult times of required separation, donated iPads and tablets may be dropped off at Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care’s offices, where they will be sanitized thoroughly before use. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.caledoniaseniorliving.org.
Enjoy a Special Meal And Support a Local Restaurant
Allgauer’s on the Riverfront is helping to make Easter special with a chef-crafted meal this weekend. Available for pickup between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., the special package feeds four for $149.99 and includes an appetizer medley, choice of salad (including the option of fan-favorite “Allgauer’s Salad”), choice of delicious entrees including Grilled Beef Tenderloin or Dijon Baked Salmon, sides and assorted mini pastries for dessert. Orders must be placed by Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m. To make an order, please call 847-664-7999.
ROOH Chicago is offering diners a special menu available for pre-order to enjoy this Sunday, April 12. ROOH’s special dinner for two will be available for $48 and will include delicious Chicken Biryani complete with Basmati Rice cooked with flavorful Indian spices, marinated chicken, Raita yogurt and Semolina Halwa for dessert. ROOH is also offering half off their wine selection, available for pre-order as well. To place an order, please visit their website.
Plan a Special Visit from the Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny will be bouncing around at Casati’s Modern Italian this weekend. Guests are invited to come see the Bunny as they pickup their Easter Dinner curbside. A complimentary selfie (photo taken through the car window) will be included with each order! Their special offering will be available for pre-order or day of pickup from Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 12. To place an order, please call 773-857-1237.
Kido Chicago, the popular children’s boutique known for fun and unique events located in the South Loop in Roosevelt Collection Shops, is offering contactless Easter Bunny visits for families! For $75, families will receive a no-contact visit with the Easter Bunny to the front yard, a digital picture in front of the house/apartment (with kids through the window or door if they choose) and a personalized Easter basket with goodies for one child. Arrangements can be made by visiting their website. Once purchased, the team at Kido will contact you to arrange a time slot, based on route.
Explore a Museum Together from the Comfort of Home
For those looking to take a break from TV or social media as they’re celebrating spending the afternoon perusing the world’s largest collection of Greek American Artifacts from the comfort of home is a great option! The National Hellenic Museum’s Collections and Archives Portal offers a rich repository of 20,000+ artifacts, photos, historic newspapers, books and recorded oral histories to explore. The portal is free and can be accessed here.