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Indie designs, beer steins, parades, global rhythms and the blues usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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The future Hall of Fame pitcher stepped back on the mound Tuesday, offering insights and tips to players from four Chicago Public Schools baseball teams.

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Saturday’s annual dyeing of the Chicago River celebrates St. Patrick’s Day a little early. (Mike Boehmer / Wikimedia)

A trio of St. Patrick’s Day parades, 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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Raise a glass to the NFL draft, bacon-infused dishes, rum cocktails and the Cinco de Mayo Parade in Little Village. 

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In 1986, Karolina Kowalczyk’s mother was pregnant and living in Poland when the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded. Kowalczyk's intricate paper art is now part of an exhibition at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art commemorating the 30-year anniversary of the disaster.

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The Ukrainian Village music venue first opened the night before Halloween 1993. During its first decade, Empty Bottle would become a magnet for underground rock, post-punk and experimental music. A soon-to-be released book chronicles of some of its 23-year history and shares testimonies from the artists and fans who love it.

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Soak up Irish films in Logan Square, take a dip in the lake for charity and see a new special exhibition at the Field Museum. Details on these events and more in our weekend roundup.

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.

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In April, Chicago Tonight got a behind-the-scenes look at a school of comic book and sequential art that started in Italy in 1979. When Italy's International School of Comics opened its first North American location, they chose a quiet block of Hubbard Street on the near West Side.  We revisit that story.

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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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The 90 year-old-artist, Art Paul, is perhaps best known as the original art director at Playboy and a champion of young artists. Now his own work is in the spotlight for a new show at a Ukrainian Village gallery.

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The International School of Comics' first North American school is in Chicago. We talk to their talented teachers, including courtroom artist Tom Gianni, and see aspiring artists in action.

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The City Lost and Found, No Pants Subway Ride, and Handmade Market Chicago; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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A mac and cheese fest, the West Town Art Walk, a Chicago Gangster Convention; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.