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Two Chicago bands get ready to bring the noise this weekend when they make their debuts at the Pitchfork Music Festival.

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(Courtesy of Wicker Park Fest)

This weekend: Pitchfork, Ben Fest, Colombian Fest, Taste of River North, Kane County Fair, Sheffield Garden Walk, Tacos y Tamales and more.

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Taste of Chicago (Credit: City of Chicago, DCASE)

The city’s mega-food fest returns to Grant Park. We get a preview of the Taste of Chicago.

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Navy Pier summer fireworks in 2011. (Michael Mayer / Flickr)

Update: Due to storms Wednesday, a number of fireworks displays originally set for July 4 have been rescheduled. Get the latest details.

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Beginning Monday, children and teens across Chicago will have access to free lunches during the summer.

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(Steve McFarland / Flickr)

What to read this summer? We asked a trio of local authors what books they’re taking to the beach. Here are their top picks.

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2017 Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park (Photo credit: City of Chicago, DCASE)

The annual Grant Park Music Festival kicks off Wednesday. The free concert series is just one way to see music under the stars in Pritzker Pavilion. See the full summer 2018 concert lineup.

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A recent study by Northwestern Medicine revealed 40 percent of the top sunscreen products on Amazon did not meet the American Academy of Dermatology’s recommended guidelines. (Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr)

Headed to the beach? You might want to take a closer look at your sunscreen before you it layer it on—it might not be providing as much protection as you need.

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(Fancibaer / Wikimedia Commons)

As extreme heat makes its way to Chicago, learn how to keep your pets safe. 

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With temperatures expected to soar into the mid 90s this week, learn about how you can stay cool and avoid heat-related illnesses. 

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Taste of Chicago

The 35th annual summer event, billed as the world's largest festival of its kind, returns to Grant Park this week with food, fun, and live music from Spoon, Erykah Badu, and others.

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