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Ping Tom Memorial Park at the Chicago River (Courtesy Metropolitan Planning Council)

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and about a dozen other elected officials will take part in a fundraiser aimed at boosting efforts to improve the quality of the river’s water.

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A controversial plan to convert a high-performing Near South Side elementary school into a neighborhood high school will move forward, Chicago Public Schools announced Friday.

Debate continues over controversial plan to convert elementary into new South Loop high school

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A trio of town halls wasn’t enough for National Teachers Academy parents and South Loop-area residents, who filled a Board of Education meeting Wednesday to continue talks over a controversial plan for a new high school.

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Pitchfork Music Festival, 2011 (Incase / Flickr)

Music festivals, secret gardens, dancing lions and—oh la la!—French flair usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Chicago bars offer food and drink specials for Super Bowl LI on Sunday.

An after-hours museum party, ice cream for breakfast and Super Bowl parties usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

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Iceage performs at Pitchfork in 2015. (Ellie Pritts / Pitchfork)

A Chicago park in West Town plays hosts to dozens of indie music acts this weekend. In the Loop, Pokémon GO players hit the streets en masse, while lions dance in Chinatown and Morris Day and The Time strike a pose in Chatham. Plus: Lumberjack athletes arrive for a U.S. championship in Tinley Park.

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Gingger Shankar (Courtesy of CIMM Fest)

See films and music acts from around the globe at CIMMfest, check out a free screening of the documentary "Peace Officer" and stop by the Greek Independence Day Parade in Greektown. 

It’s the Weekend Agenda: Feb. 12-14

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Celebrate the Year of the Monkey or surround yourself with colorful flowers (or shiny new cars) this Valentine's Day weekend. We've got something for everyone in our weekend to-do list.

Raise a glass to Oktoberfest and other fall festivals

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The return of Redmoon's Great Chicago Fire Festival, an annual Oktoberfest celebration, jazz fest and other weekend events.

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Big Greek Food Fest of Niles

Outdoor concerts, food and art highlight this weekend's roundup of summer events.

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Break out your rainbow gear to show your pride; view the colorful artwork of former Playboy art director Art Paul; and get crafty at the Renegade Craft Fair. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Students at Haines Elementary School in Chinatown are learning the Next Generation Science Standards by building solar-powered cars and portable homeless shelters. Teachers there are combining all aspects of a STEM education--science, technology, engineering, and math--while students complete fun projects.

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Chicago Volunteer Expo, Maker & Muse, and Free at First; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.