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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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(Courtesy of The Field Museum)

A new exhibit aims to be an immersive experience that brings the 2015 movie and its gigantic reptilian stars to life. 

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(Courtesy of Shedd Aquarium)

Visitors to Shedd Aquarium’s seasonal exhibit can dip their hands into a pool and discover the texture of this unique sea creature. 

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Officials in Whiting, Indiana, think their city is about to become a whole lot more popular.

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The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival (Special Events Management / Facebook)

A scenic bike ride, street festivals, baseball, mole and a State Street parade usher in the long weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

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A Museum Hack tour in progress at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Courtesy of Museum Hack)

Museum Hack’s offbeat tours of the Art Institute of Chicago aim to engage the next generation of museum-goers. “Your job is fun first, education along the way,” says one tour guide.

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(Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr)

Frank Lloyd Wright homes, outdoor festivals, comfort food and a giant garage sale usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Daniel Kyri performs in Charles Smith’s “Objects in the Mirror.” (Credit: Liz Lauren)

The Chicago Sun-Times theater critic gives us her take on highly recommended shows from the Goodman Theatre, TimeLine, Paramount and Marriott.

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A new chapter in Chicago’s cultural offerings begins this week.

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They can play blackjack, dance and climb walls. The Museum of Science and Industry brings back its interactive exhibition – with a few new additions.

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Chicago actor Jonathan Weir rehearses for the role of Jafar in “Aladdin.” (Justin Barbin / Broadway in Chicago)

A conversation with actors Anthony Murphy and Chicago’s own Jonathan Weir from the production “Aladdin.”

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A Portage Park range takes a whack at bringing axe-throwing to Chicago.

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A bill to protect ecologically sensitive and historic sites from players of virtual games like “Pokémon Go” has failed to gain support among Illinois legislators.

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Emily Miller, left, and Kimberly Jung discuss their company Rumi Spice in 2015. (Courtesy of Rumi Spice)

After serving tours in Afghanistan, attending Harvard Business School and launching a global business, Emily Miller and Kimberly Jung face another, daunting challenge: pitching their company Rumi Spice to potential investors on reality TV.

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Volumes Bookcafe is one of two dozen bookstores participating in #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge in honor of Independent Bookstore Day. (Courtesy of Volumes Bookcafe)

This Saturday, bookstores across the country will celebrate their status as indie shops, including two dozen stores across the Chicago area. “It’s like a pub crawl for bookstores,” said Lynn Mooney, co-owner of Women & Children First. 

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Independent bookstores, wine tastings, James Beard-inspired menus and hundreds of artists usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.