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Opening day on April 25, 2018, of the McDonald’s restaurant inside the company’s new West Loop headquarters.

Animal welfare advocates will gather next week at McDonald's new West Loop headquarters to present a petition with more than 200,000 signatures calling on the company to improve conditions for chickens in its supply chain. 

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(Courtesy of South Side Irish Parade Committee)

An early St. Patrick’s Day parade, thousands of orchids and a new take on Homer’s “Odyssey” usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Arm wrestling, hot chocolate-inspired treats, freakish performances and a salute to Langston Hughes usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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A winter trek, silent DJ party, improv comedy and oodles of dance classes usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

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(Joel Wintermantle / University of Chicago)

A public art installation along the Chicago River aims to bring the realities of climate change in Antarctica to Chicago. 

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Lake Michigan’s first floating water park features a floating trampoline and slides. (Courtesy of Wibit Sports)

Lake Michigan’s first floating water park, street festivals, the NHL draft and the annual Pride Parade. 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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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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Alvin Ailey Dance Theater brings its unique, mixed-dance style to Chicago. (Courtesy of Paul Kolnik)

Dance performances and festivals, Bon Jovi and street markets. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago this weekend. 

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Anatomical Theaters of Mixed Reality (Courtesy of Grace Duval)

Donald Trump’s inauguration, experimental art, a massive women’s march and “Monty Python” star John Cleese usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Retail therapy comes with vintage flair at this weekend's Randolph Street Market Festival. (Courtesy Randolph Street Market)

Halloween parties, scary movies, vintage finds and even some creatures of the night usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Events in and around Chicago the weekend of Sept. 15-18

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Fall color is on display this weekend in Oak Park and other area locations. (Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr)

Morrissey comes to Douglas Park, craft beer spills in Oak Park and Elmhurst, a global jam unites musicians from India and Chicago, book fans toast Quimby's, lovers of the grape head to North Kenwood and DIY types search for treasure in Andersonville. Those events and more in this weekend's jam-packed roundup.

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Tall Ships Chicago at Navy Pier returns this weekend. (Jeff Brown / Navy Pier, Inc.)

Celebrate Lolla's 25th anniversary in Grant Park, sip bloody marys in Highwood, celebrate local poets in Bronzeville, eat tacos in Pilsen, tour tall ships at Navy Pier and other notable events for your perfect summer weekend.

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Plenty of dad-friendly events are on tap this weekend – including a finger-licking barbecue fest in Portage Park – and in the heart of Boystown, Pride Month festivities are under way.

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Embrace your inner geek at the Chicago Science Festival, meet your favorite authors at BookCon and stroll through Andersonville for the annual Wine Walk.

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(Crystin Immel)

Raise a glass to the NFL draft, bacon-infused dishes, rum cocktails and the Cinco de Mayo Parade in Little Village.