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(National Museum of Mexican Art / Facebook)

Halloween fun, sugar skulls and chocolate treats, vintage treasures and cutting-edge technology usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Lollapalooza 2015 (swimfinfan / Flickr)

It has become a rite of summer for hundreds of thousands each year. But beyond the annual intrigue over who will become the next breakout star comes a persistent question from city residents: Is this massive private festival really worth it?

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Lorde performs in 2014 at Lollapalooza Brasil. The singer-songwriter performs Thursday in Chicago. (Liliane Callegari / Flickr)

Lollapalooza, lowriders, indie flicks and Staley Da Bear usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Runners hit the streets for the 35th annual Chicago Marathon in 2012. (Brad Hagan / Flickr)

This week's primary isn't the only race in town. Amateur runners can apply for a spot in the 39th annual Chicago Marathon starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune walks us through the new designs for the Lucas Museum. Learn about the details of Chinese architect Ma Yansong's revised plan for the potential lakefront museum – and what is missing.

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Taste of Chicago

This weekend’s lineup includes a mega-food festival in Grant Park, a gut-busting comedy show with Todd Glass of Comedy Central, and a new music festival in Pilsen. Get details on these events and other weekend picks in our entertainment roundup.

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Taste of Chicago

The 35th annual summer event, billed as the world's largest festival of its kind, returns to Grant Park this week with food, fun, and live music from Spoon, Erykah Badu, and others.

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Edgar Degas. Scene from the Steeplechase: The Fallen Jockey, 1866, reworked 1880–1881 and c. 1897. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1999.79.10.

The Art Institute of Chicago offers a fresh perspective on French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas in Degas: At the Track, On the Stage, an exhibition focusing on works that feature movement or performance.

Art Institute Links Work of American Artist James McNeil Whistler and His European Contemporaries

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James McNeil Whistler and Theodore Roussel had linked artistic visions. Their decade of professional collaboration gets a fresh perspective in this look at the creative output of the American mentor and his European student.

An Artist Confronts His Demons

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The Art Institute’s current show is a kind of nightmare before Christmas.

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A new Science & Symphony production is premiering at the Grant Park Music Festival. It's a musical and visual journey through the Northern Lights.

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Grant Park Restoration

Been to Grant Park lately? The yearly music festival Lollapalooza left it a mess. But might that actually have been a good thing? Ash-har Quraishi has that story.