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

The annual display gives way to some virtual celebrations in 2020. Not that the holiday will be short of illegal booms, crackles and pops, if recent weeks are any indication. 

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

With Lollapalooza and other big summer events now officially canceled in Chicago, some city residents may be wondering what their entertainment options will look like in the months ahead. How the city is going virtual.

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This year’s summer festival season will look a little different, with large outdoor festivals canceled or moved online, including Lollapalooza.

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Show of Hands has organized a virtual marketplace to replace its canceled spring craft fair. (Courtesy of Show of Hands Chicago)

Show of Hands was scheduled for this weekend in Ravenswood. As the next best thing, the craft fair’s organizer has created a virtual platform where makers and shoppers can meet.

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In this photo provided by Brown-Forman, a turtle walks on part of area to be used for the Kentucky Turtle Derby in Chicago. The taped race will air Saturday at 7 p.m. on YouTube. (Dominic Udell / Brown-Forman via AP)

The race is more methodical marathon that mad dash to the finish — though the victor can win at the line by a turtleneck rather than a nose — and is just one more offbeat sport that has had a moment during the coronavirus pandemic.

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(Eric Fischer / Flickr)

Passengers riding the CTA Red Line toward 95th won’t be able to get on or off at the Granville, Thorndale or Bryn Mawr stops this weekend.

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Sing along with the Blues Brothers' "Sweet Home Chicago" at 7 p.m. Saturday. (K. Kendall / Flickr)

Get ready to belt out “I Won’t Back Down” and “Sweet Home Chicago” during citywide singalongs.

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Windy City Ribfest, 2018 (Courtesy of Special Events Management)

Summer in Chicago is synonymous with neighborhood street festivals, outdoor concerts and art shows. But what will the season bring in 2020? We asked some local organizers for their take on festival season in the COVID-19 era.

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Adventurous penguins, art exhibits, live concerts, and plenty of podcasts – you don’t have to go out (and risk getting sick) to have a fun-filled weekend. Here are 10 things you can do from the comfort of your own home.

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(John Liu / Flickr)

Board games and binge-worthy shows and books – you don’t have to go out (and risk getting sick) to have a fun-filled weekend. Here are 10 things you can do from the comfort of your own home.

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(Max Talbot-Minkin / Flickr)

Major weekend events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago have been postponed due concerns over the novel coronavirus. To date, 25 people have tested positive for the virus in Illinois.

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Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour on Sunday.

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(Courtesy of Jurassic Quest)

Prehistoric creatures, a costumed shopping cart race, thousands of flowers, and an environmental film festival usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Track maintenance will close four “L” stations in the Loop this weekend from 2 a.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the Chicago Transit Authority. Get the full details.

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Marvel Comics #1 CGC 9.0 Pay Copy $1,000,000.00 The Pay Copy Pedigree (Courtesy Vincent Zurzolo)

With a comic convention in town this weekend, we welcome comic book dealer Vincent Zurzolo – and his million-dollar collection.

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A family friendly expo Saturday offers workshops, a resource fair and more for those curious about raising livestock in the city.