Thousands Of Chicagoans Will Belt Bon Jovi In Citywide Sing-Along While Practicing Social Distancing

Ariel Parrella-Aureli
March 21, 2020 - 2:25 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago, get ready to sing at the top of your lungs.

Thousands of Chicagoans will take to their own windows and balconies to belt out "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi, an inspiring song that will no doubt instill some hope to us as we practice social distancing in the face of a pandemic. 

The mass-synchronized singing is set to begin at 7 p.m, according to the Facebook event. Organizers invited everyone across the city to fill the Chicago evening air with their rendition of ’80s greats Bon Jovi’s beloved song about perseverance. If the public Facebook event page is any indication, the travails of the organizers will fill the night outside thousands of windows: There are over 5,000 community karaokeans "going" to the event. 

Rogers Park couple Rebecca Kell and Jenni Spinner planned the event after seeing inspiring videos of locked-down Italians singing from their balconies to boost morale.

“My wife was inspired by the Italian videos,” Kell told LoganSquarist of Spinner. “She also loves karaoke, and we miss karaoke a lot.”

Kell said the two were looking to promote “some fun and unity in this time of stress and isolation.”

“Follow along with the lyrics and sing your ass off!” the event page reads.

The event has even reached the suburbs, with people posting in the Facebook discussion that surrounding areas are also joining. Some also joked that there should be a "Wash Your Hands" version and that "May Your Hands On Me" by Bon Jovi should be next. 

The community activity started in Italy, where residents are on lockdown as the death toll from the coronavirus continues to climb. Amid the pandemic, thousands of Italians have shared music, fitness and unity from their balconies. The community effort has since spread to other parts of Europe, with a thunderous round of applause for Spain and Italy’s health care workers sounding from the country’s balconies.

Kell told LoganSquarist that more sing-alongs could happen in the future. While she's not sure what will come of it, she hinted a Prince song could be next.