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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. 

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(Chicago Pride Fest / Facebook)

Street festivals, vintage sales, funny femmes and plenty of tacos usher in Father’s Day weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

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Indulge in a meaty weekend at Ribfest Chicago. (Beking Joassaint / Beking Joassaint Photography)

Live blues, lit wits, neighborhood festivals and ribs galore usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

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Maifest, a traditional German festival to usher in spring, kicks off Thursday in Lincoln Square. 

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German traditions are in full swing in Lincoln Square. (Royal Opera House Covent Garden / Flickr)

Art fairs, comedy shows and street festivals usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

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Light up your weekend at the “Illumination” show starting Friday. (Courtesy of the Morton Arboretum)

Holiday lights, a giant mouse, punk rock and a comedy legend usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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The Yale Building in Englewood is one of 200 sites participating in this year’s Open House Chicago. (Eric Allix Rogers / Flickr)

International films, behind-the-scenes access and migrating hawks usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Mark Kelly of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Free events like the Chicago Blues Festival are evolving. We speak with Chicago’s new commissioner of cultural affairs and special events about the future of city celebrations.

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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.

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The 11th annual festival is underway. Get a preview of this year's artists and hear a performance by guitarist Iliana Matos.

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. 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.