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Twinkling lights, new toys, barrel-aged beer and holiday markets usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Coming up: Magnificent Lights Festival, Christkindlmarket, Illumination and more.

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Mexican dancers, neighborhood bites, a murder mystery and funny films usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Monster trucks, improv comedy, global artists and Greek eats usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Circus acts, Halloween candy, craft coffee and roller skaters usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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A Halloween parade, costumed canines, a zombie apocalypse and international films usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Immortan L-Boe (left) wrestles Winafight Sanderson at the Chicago League of Lady Arms Wrestlers’ CLLAW XXX match at Logan Square Auditorium. (Photo by Trainman Photography)

Strong women, architectural gems, immersive plays and Mexican folk art usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Jack-o’-lanterns, craft brews, food trucks and elite runners usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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German beers, art fairs, historic homes and aliens usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Up next: Oktoberfest Chicago, Chicago Gourmet, Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo, Edgewater Arts Festival and more.

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Little Kids Rock (Courtesy of DCASE)

Young artists, apple pies, dashing dogs and craft beer usher in the fall weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Punk rock bands, tons of tacos, cultural celebrations, butterflies and yoga usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Retro tunes, barbecue bites, historic homes and feline films usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago.

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Chicago Fringe Festival (Photo by Sarah Larson)

Jazz, comedy, DJs, ethnic dishes and lowriders usher in the long holiday weekend. Here are a dozen things to do in and around Chicago.

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Ramsey Lewis (Courtesy City of Chicago, DCASE)

The Chicago Jazz Fest is expanding its scope and reach. We discuss what’s new – and what to expect this weekend – with Mark Kelly, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

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Witty women, global fare, sweet treats and art fairs usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.