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The best things to do this weekend in Chicago

Time Out Chicago's editors pick the top parties, concerts, cultural events and more this weekend in Chicago

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The weekend has finally arrived. No plans yet? Don't worry! We have plenty of recommendations for the best things to do in Chicago this weekend. If you're organizing a night out on the town, you'll want to check out upcoming concerts and the city's best bars. After a crazy night, nurse a hangover at one of Chicago's top 20 brunch spots. Want to get out of the city altogether? Take a look at our top weekend getaways and explore all that the Midwest has to offer. Make sure to have some fun before it's Monday morning (again).

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