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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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(Nazim Uddin / Flickr)

Illinois will become the first state to ban the use of elephants in circuses and other traveling exhibitions, putting an official end to a practice that animal rights activists have been protesting for decades.

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(Courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society)

Sample more than 80 beers while taking in the zoo’s wildlife and nature at the sixth annual event.

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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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Three stages featuring nearly 40 bands highlight the annual Wicker Park Fest.

Bands, bikes, beer and—wait for it—Peter Sagal usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(Peter F. / Flickr)

A massive food festival, live music, fine art and Irish fiddles usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Since 1981, FitzGerald’s in Berwyn has played host to an array of talent as part of its American Music Festival. Meet the club’s owner and a Bay Area singer-songwriter performing at the fest this weekend.

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A recent review by Hedy Weiss of the Steppenwolf production “Pass Over” has gotten the Chicago Sun-Times theater critic of more than 30 years in some hot water.

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On a horse farm north of Chicago, a European tradition combines artistry and athletic prowess. We meet some of the star athletes–and the ponies that will someday take their place.

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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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Liz McArthur, left, and Jill Valentine, right, co-founded the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. (Courtesy of Stage 773)

When two local comedians launched the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival in 2012, they were regularly asked: “What’s it like to be a woman in comedy?” Find out what’s in store for this year’s fest—and how the business of comedy is evolving.

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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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(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.