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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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We explore two neighborhoods that are at the epicenter of the gentrification battle, and how elected officials, community groups and developers are waging it.

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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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Test your Midwestern ability to withstand the cold at the 17th Chicago Polar Plunge. (Dori / Wikimedia Commons)

A polar plunge, Cubs-inspired garden show, film festivals and live music usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(Ben Houdijk / Flickr)

Mavis Staples, a roller skating party and spirited festivals 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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Last year’s plunge saw mild temperatures and plenty of sun. (Courtesy of the Lakeview Polar Bear Club)

Restaurant deals, a polar plunge, the White Sox and a hip-hop festival usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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 Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Politicians and health care advocates across the country will hold rallies Sunday calling for the protection of millions of Americans’ health care coverage. Get the Chicago rally details.

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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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(Courtesy of Chi-Town Rising)

Ring in the New Year with live music, comedy, DJ beats, burlesque and bubbly this weekend. Here are 10 parties in and around Chicago.

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Live music, fall festivals and skateboarding felines usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Events in and around Chicago the weekend of Sept. 22-25

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Sound the horns: The 10th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival returns to the neighborhood this weekend. (Marc Monaghan / Flickr)

Chicago Gourmet returns with Rick Bayless at the helm, the 10th annual Hyde Park Jazz Fest offers a weekend soundtrack and the National Museum of Mexican Art celebrates its 30th Day of the Dead exhibition. Those events and more in this weekend's roundup.

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(Nicholas James / Wikimedia Commons)

A new two-year grant program will seek out new community-based methods of getting minorities and women involved in science, technology, engineering and math careers.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King Jr. in the White House Cabinet Room in 1966.

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. marched through Marquette Park to protest housing segregation and fight for equal rights. On Saturday, hundreds of area residents will trace a seven-block stretch of King’s march. Details on that and more in this weekend's roundup.

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Tall Ships Chicago at Navy Pier returns this weekend. (Jeff Brown / Navy Pier, Inc.)

Celebrate Lolla's 25th anniversary in Grant Park, sip bloody marys in Highwood, celebrate local poets in Bronzeville, eat tacos in Pilsen, tour tall ships at Navy Pier and other notable events for your perfect summer weekend.

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(Courtesy of Spring Awakening Music Festival)

On tap this weekend: music, food and arts festivals, plus a chance to watch "Blazing Saddles" with Mel Brooks and rub elbows with Marcia Clark and Ethan Hawke.