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(Courtesy Paul Natkin)

From handwritten lyrics to vintage instruments to iconic outfits, a new look at 50 years of the Rolling Stones.

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ReptileFest is back! We welcome some scaly, slinky and slithery friends to our set. 

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Dominick Gavel (Courtesy of Cavalia)

A big show is brewing under the big top, with a cast and crew of more than 200 – plus 65 horses. We go behind the scenes of “Odysseo.” 

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Sift through thousands of records at the CHIRP Record Fair.

A “delightful” record fair, drink festivals and giant horse show usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago.

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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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Ana Maria Martinez and Charles Castronovo.

Performances from two of the international stars from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s season finale.

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“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins at the Academy Awards on Sunday. (Courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Hollywood produced its biggest plot twist ever at the Academy Awards featuring a best picture winner with Chicago ties.

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Paul-Jordan Jansen and Bri Sudia in Paramount Theatre’s “Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” (Liz Lauren / Paramount Theatre)

The Paramount Theatre in Aurora is serving up a gothic new staging of the Stephen Sondheim hit “Sweeney Todd.” We discuss that show and other new productions, with the Chicago Sun-Times dance and theater critic.

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Merce Cunningham, 2008. (Cameron Wittig, courtesy of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis)

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago joined forces with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for a dual exhibition about an artist of dance who worked with celebrated artists of other disciplines.

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Justin Peck

The Joffrey Ballet recently reimagined Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker”– and the company is now moving to the pulse of popular music.

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In 1971, Calvin Small and two friends started roller skating a little differently than everyone around them. It caught on. And  now, JB skating is known all over the country. 

Longtime Family Friends Proud of Rapper’s Success

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(Chance the Rapper / Facebook)

The West Chatham native’s historic performance at the Grammy Awards, winning three awards without a record label, was both “incredible” and “unfathomable,” say longtime family friends.

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North Avenue Beach will be transformed into a beach polo arena this weekend. (Credit: Qatar Airways Chicago Beach Polo Cup / Facebook)

Giddy on up to North Avenue Beach this weekend to watch the “sport of kings” at the Qatar Airways Chicago Beach Polo Cup.

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The smartphone game has taken Chicago by storm. We hunt down and follow some of the area’s most dedicated players, including one who hopes to turn his hobby into a career.

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Ever wondered what it’s like to sail Lake Michigan aboard a tall ship? Jay Shefsky found out on his voyage aboard the Lynx.

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Summer is the time to get outdoors and there's something new to do in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. But it will test the upper body strength of anyone brave enough to try it–and it might put a dent in your pocketbook.