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The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise kicks off the season Saturday. (Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise / Flickr)

River tours, film festivals and a whole lotta bacon. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago this weekend. 

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Alvin Ailey Dance Theater brings its unique, mixed-dance style to Chicago. (Courtesy of Paul Kolnik)

Dance performances and festivals, Bon Jovi and street markets. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago this weekend. 

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Easy Rider, a member of the Disc-Connected K9s Frisbee Dog Team, is performing at the Chicagoland Pet Expo this weekend. (Courtesy of Disc-Connected K9s Frisbee Dog Team)

A pet expo, classical music-themed brunch, cultural events and more 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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Free gym access, a grilled cheese competition and Cardinal Blase Cupich usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago.

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Damn, Gina! performs at this year’s Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. (Courtesy of Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival)

Sketch comedy, Syrian music and a how-to on fact-checking usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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ZooLights kicks off Friday at Lincoln Park Zoo. (Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)

Helicopter tours, helium balloons, Amy Schumer and Julie Andrews usher in the Thanksgiving weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Events in and around Chicago the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct. 2

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Lorenz Holder of Germany was the overall winner of the 2016 Red Bull Illume contest. The photo shows Senad Grosic ride his bike over a bridge in an autumnal Gablenz, Germany. (Lorenz Holder / Red Bull Illume)

From a glowing photo exhibition to vegan chefs and cat videos on the big screen, this weekend’s roundup includes fun fall events both indoors and out.

Events in and around Chicago the weekend of Sept. 15-18

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Fall color is on display this weekend in Oak Park and other area locations. (Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr)

Morrissey comes to Douglas Park, craft beer spills in Oak Park and Elmhurst, a global jam unites musicians from India and Chicago, book fans toast Quimby's, lovers of the grape head to North Kenwood and DIY types search for treasure in Andersonville. Those events and more in this weekend's jam-packed roundup.

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The Amazon Books retail store, the first physical outlet operated by online retailer Amazon.com, at the U Village shopping center in Seattle, Washington. (SounderBruce / Flickr)

Online behemoth Amazon will open a brick-and-mortar bookstore in Lakeview next year. What this could mean for independent bookstores and publishers. 

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Former Blaine Elementary Principal Troy LaRaviere announced Tuesday he was stepping away from the school four month after he was suspended by CPS. (Chicago Tonight)

Troy LaRaviere announced Tuesday he has resigned his position at Blaine Elementary – which was recently named among the top public schools in Chicago – four months after he was suspended, blaming Mayor Rahm Emanuel and "political obstructions."

Traffic reduced to one lane on Belmont Avenue

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Rendering of what a typical median will look like once the project is completed. (Credit: Chicago Department of Transportation)

The second phase of the reconstruction project at the intersection of Western, Belmont and Clybourn avenues begins Monday. Find out what that means for drivers.

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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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Go out with a bang this weekend as fireworks, parades and festivals offer plenty of ways to celebrate across the city and suburbs.

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2015 Chicago Pride Parade. (opacity / Flickr)

Pride Month culiminates on Sunday with the 47th annual Chicago Pride Parade. Free movie screenings and concerts, a food truck fest and a celebration of encased meats are also on tap.

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City officials and law enforcement outlined plans for increased security measures at next weekend's 47th annual Chicago Pride Parade in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando.