Wellington and friends join Governor Pritzker and his friends to invite you to be All in Illinois


Wellington and a Belugas friend are reminding you to be All in Illinois

Wellington, the curious rockhopper penguin, and some friends at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, along with Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker and some of his friends are inviting you to be All in Illinois.

To be "All in Illinois" is to stay home and practice social distancing to help protect our communities. As the weather becomes more inviting to be out doors, it is vital to practice being safe and healthy so the curve of COVID-19 is flattened. 

“Every resident of our state - whether you're 8 or 80-years-old – has an important role in keeping us all healthy,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Staying home, washing your hands and avoiding gatherings are the most important things we can do right now — even Wellington agrees. I want to thank everyone at the Shedd Aquarium for their commitment to being All In Illinois. Together, we will get through this.” 

 “Shedd Aquarium is proud to partner with the state of Illinois to support and promote the unifying message of ‘All in Illinois’,” said President and CEO Bridget C. Coughlin, Ph.D. 

“We sincerely hope the incredible connection and joy the aquatic world brings to millions of guests each year will also help to amplify this important message to millions more during this unprecedented time when we all must do our part to stay healthy and safe.” 

Not to be forgotten are messages from some other humans you may recognize. 

Chicago Fire's David Eigenberg
Actress/entertainer Jane Lynch

Chicago Med's Nick Gehlfuss

Athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee

In addition to staying home and practicing social distancing, there are more ways families across the state can join the effort to be ‘All In.’ Visit the online state site, where printable signs are available to download and color.

Parents can share their children’s heartfelt drawings and words of gratitude on social media with #AllinIllinois to show appreciation for those working on the front lines.

Stay safe out there!



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