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Niles, a northwest Chicago suburb. It’s well known for its landmark replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but it’s also a community thinking about how to revamp one of its anchor businesses for the future. There are efforts to redevelop Golf Mill mall, a nearby park, and plans to improve infrastructure and pedestrian safety.

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Sweet potato maple Cajun bacon tartlet from Zed451 at Baconfest 2014. (opacity / Flickr)

Food fests decidated to bacon and donuts, an epic pillow fight, an artisan market and political posters usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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We climb to the top of the Leaning Tower of Niles, where centuries-old bronze bells lay quiet – for now.

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We climb to the top of the Leaning Tower of Niles, where centuries-old bronze bells lay quiet – for now.

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Big Greek Food Fest of Niles

Outdoor concerts, food and art highlight this weekend's roundup of summer events.

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Geoffrey Baer cruises down the neon highway, revisits the toll roads of yesteryear, and recalls the days the sport of kings was king in Chicago sports.