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8 of Chicago's top April Fool's Day pranks

Zach Long
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Zach Long

As you may have surmised, today is the one day of the year when you can't trust anything that you read on the Internet. Time Out Chicago got in on the April Fool's Day fun with our totally false, but truthfully hopeful list of 13 things coming to the city. If you're not tired of being tricked, check out some (mostly) harmless pranks devised by other Chicago businesses.

Yesterday, Glazed and Infused teased the announcement of a zero calorie doughnut. Unfortunately, science still hasn't made that a reality, but you can get a free, calorie-laden doughnut at any Glazed and Infused location if you mention the imaginary, guilt-free delicacy.

Groupon announced Grøüber, a cab service that uses laser-guided cats as drivers instead of humans. Thanks, but we'll stick with UberX.

Local music television producer JBTV abruptly announced its closure. The music industry is a tough business to be in right now, but we're pretty sure this is a somewhat cruel joke.

The professional jokers over at Second City unveiled collaborations with Oprah, apes from the Lincoln Park Zoo and Rod Blagojevich—in addition to an improv class for cats.

Jefferson Park's Lake Effect Brewing revealed that one of its beers will be the official draft at Wrigley Field this season. Budweiser fans needn't worry— Lake Effect's brew will only last until the third inning of the first home game.

The iO Theater released a video showcasing its newest venue for improv comedy: iO at Sea on the USS Del Close. Suspiciously, the footage looks as if it was captured on a yacht in Lake Michigan.

Garrett Popcorn is known for its gigantic tins of Garrett Mix, but its latest popcorn vessel draws inspiration from a Russian nesting doll.

We suspect that Merchandise Mart is full of pranksters, but Motorola Mobility took the cake with a lavishly produced video advertising artisanal selfie sticks (don't even think about taking them to Lollapalooza).

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