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Arts in the Dark (Photo: Kitano Dreamstime.com)

A Halloween parade, a craft beer crawl, horror movies, fancy footwork and spooky tours usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(COCHON U.S. TOUR / Flickr)

Beers and brats, fresh apple pie, celebrity chefs, tree climbers and South Side architecture usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(Courtesy of Goose Island Beer Co.)

Dueling West Town beer bashes, gourmet fare, Chicago comedians and free jazz concerts usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(Courtesy of Special Events Management)

Tacos and beer, live music, open studios and nerd humor usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Contemporary artwork is in the spotlight. We get a behind-the-scenes preview of Expo Chicago, the citywide art show at Navy Pier and other city destinations.

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The Taste of Chicago may be the granddaddy of local food festivals, but it was not the city’s first. We remember a 1977 event that offered another “taste of Chicago” at McCormick Place.

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(Courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair)

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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If music is one of the best ways to get a taste of another culture, Chicago is in for a feast starting Friday. We get a preview.

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(Phierce Photo / North Coast Music Festival)

Summer festivals, outdoor movies, an African marketplace and jazz musicians usher in the holiday weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Scores of triathletes, saganaki, fancy footwork, food trucks and global grapes usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Chicago Air and Water Show 2015 (Scott L / Flickr)

Soaring planes, food fests, an all-night flea market and a Chicago love story usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.   

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Cuban rhythms, classical ensembles, hot dogs and house music DJs usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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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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(Courtesy of Special Events Management)

Lush gardens, craft beer, gallery tours and the Bard—reimagined—usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

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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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Head to Naperville for fireworks and finger-licking food. (Naperville Ribfest / Facebook)

Fireworks, festivals and plenty of live music usher in the holiday weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.