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The five best things to do this weekend in Chicago

Written by
Nick Kotecki

1. Shop 'til you drop

More than 30 crafters and makers gather in the Ukrainian Village's most popular club to hawk their wares at Handmade Market Chicago. Find clothes, kitschy knickknacks, artwork and home goods made by your fellow Chicagoans. (Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, noon Saturday. Free)

2. Bust a gut

When comedian Rachel Feinstein isn't starring in roles on Inside Amy Schumer or doing voiceovers for the Grand Theft Auto series, you can find her onstage performing standup. And that's just where you'll find her tonight. (UP Comedy Club, 230 W North Ave, 8 & 10:30pm Friday & Saturday. $20)

3. Don't try this at home

One of the wildest sports people actually get paid to do comes to the Allstate Arena this weekend: professional bull riding. Thirty-five of the country's best riders hold on as long as they can while 1,700-pound bulls try to buck them off. The winner of this leg of the Ford Built Tough Series goes on to the championship, where they'll have the chance to win $35,000. (Allstate Arena, 6920 N Mannheim Rd, 6:50pm Saturday & 1:50pm Sunday. $20)  

4. Leave your pants at home

Pants are overrated. You wear them for work. You wear them because it's winter. You wear them 'cause everybody's doing it. Well, this Sunday join a group of CTA riders stripping down to their skivvies for the annual No Pants Subway Ride. Just, maybe, bring a backpack and wear pants on the way over to the Red Line. It's cold out there, Chicago. Check out photos from last year's No Pants Subway Ride. (Meet at 1210 W Arthur on the roof deck of the parking garage, noon. CTA fare)

5. Get jazzed

This three-piece jazz ensemble tackles some of the most mind-bending tunes out there—or makes their cover versions seem that way. They'll dip their toes into challenging classical tunes such as Stravinsky's Rite of Spring or the seemingly impossible jazz arrangements of Ornette Coleman's Science Fiction LP. (City Winery, 1200 W Randolph St, 7pm. $35–$45)

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