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Brett Eldredge is scheduled to headline Thursday at Windy City Smokeout. (Courtesy of Windy City Smokeout)

Country crooners, art festivals, yards of yarn and sudsy 5K races usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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A Google Street View of the building at 10305 S. Martin Luther King Drive, dated July 2019. (WTTW News via Google Maps)

Inspectors found 26 people inside a Roseland storefront on Friday who had paid a cover charge in an establishment licensed only for tax preparation services, according to city officials. The illegal club featured a DJ and dancers — but no masks or social distancing, they said.

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Chicago’s Roseland community on the Far South Side. (WTTW News)

Calling out “free books” to passersby, organizers of a book giveaway on the Far South Side distributed more than 1,200 books while garnering support for a larger project they hope will spark a transformation of the neighborhood.

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The Roseland neighborhood in Chicago. (WTTW News)

The COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown has hit hard in Chicago communities that have historically suffered from disinvestment and crime, including the Far South Side communities of Roseland and Pullman.

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Ald. Anthony Beale appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (WTTW News)

Over the past year, the 9th Ward alderman has emerged as a staunch critic of Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Now, he says Lightfoot has downplayed the negative impact the pandemic is having on the city’s budget.

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Chicago’s Roseland Community Hospital has been on the front lines of the pandemic. But it wasn’t included in Illinois’ recent distribution of remdesivir, a move that’s angered hospital officials.

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The Chicago Public Schools K-8 chess championship is this weekend. We visit two schools whose students hope to capture the prize.

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Chicago Public Schools has five hearings scheduled on various aspects of its latest spending plan this month, beginning Monday with meetings on its capital budget. Get complete details.

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Cook County Associate Judge Raymond Myles (Courtesy of Circuit Court of Cook County)

Chicago police announced Wednesday evening that a 37-year-old man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Raymond Myles. They believe the man did not act alone.

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Cook County Associate Judge Raymond Myles (Courtesy of Circuit Court of Cook County)

It is a new and disturbing mark against the city of Chicago: Early Monday morning a local judge was shot and killed.

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With the continuation of Obamacare now in question, hospitals serving low-income and uninsured populations face a very uncertain future.

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An Eventbrite ad for the canceled "The Room" haunted house event.

Event listing says participants in nightclub, church shooting scenarios would have to “face the consequences” of their actions.

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To stay or go in the face of Chicago's violence? Many black families are choosing to go. 

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Amid the budget stalemate, many public universities have been operating without funding from the state. Chicago State University has gone most of the fiscal year without a third of its budget. CSU President Thomas Calhoun Jr. tells us what's at stake.

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At five CPS neighborhood high schools, students are earning college credit through a number of dual-credit courses. Those schools are also providing those students with a focused education on the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, or STEM for short. We take a look at how these schools work, how partnering with corporations like Microsoft and IBM helps, and why learning STEM benefits students who don't want to pursue science as a profession.

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CPS high school students in need of non-traditional high school settings can choose among more than 40 Options Schools. Learn more about these schools and why CPS has expanded the number of seats available.