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A waterfall in Starved Rock State Park. (Arturo Hurtado / Flickr)

The holiday weekend is almost upon us. Still haven’t made plans? We share our favorite local activities and weekend getaways. 

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Summer festivals, outdoor movies, an African marketplace and jazz musicians usher in the holiday weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Inside Illinois’ plan and how other states run the controversial program

What role should the state have in private school education? A look at Illinois’ plan and how other states run the controversial program.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has until mid-September to rule on a downstate utility provider’s energy efficiency plan, which consumer advocates say would cost residents nearly 30 percent in savings on utility bills and jeopardize 7,000 jobs.

The MCA celebrates its 50th anniversary with an exhibition by a colorful contemporary artist.

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A new book examines the city’s history and culture through a culinary lens, from Chicago originals to products and companies, restaurants, trends and beyond.

The economy is adding jobs and unemployment is low, yet nearly 15 million Americans are on the hunt for full-time work. We discuss the job market with a Chicago Booth Review editor.

Two of Chicago’s most celebrated guitar players join us in conversation and performance.

Exactly how much more money can Chicago homeowners expect to pay to fund Chicago teacher pensions?

The Illinois House Republican leader speaks with Carol Marin about the school funding compromise and other battles in Springfield.

Watch the Aug. 30, 2017 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."