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The five best things to do this weekend in Chicago

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Sara Freund
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1. Don’t fake the funk

Prepare yourself for Boulevards, a modern funk songwriter and performer hailing from North Carolina. The party continues with Slo ‘Mo, spinning artists like Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Earth, Wind & Fire. (The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Fri 9pm. $10)

2. Vote for the MVB

The power is in your hands when more than 100 breweries compete for the title of Most Valuable Brew at the Chicago Beer Classic. On Soldier Field attendees will get to taste 48 2-ounce samples from breweries including Half Acre, Revolution and Empirical. (Soldier Field, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr, Sat 11:30am. $75)

3. Fly a kite

Spend this sunny Saturday pretending to be a carefree child again at the Kids and Kite Festival in Lincoln Park. Score a free paper kite or purchase a more intricate flying creation from vendors. (Lincoln Park Cricket Hill, Montrose Dr, Sat 10am. Free)

4. Treat your mama

The Dose Market sets up shop in the private dining area of Nico Osteria. Enjoy a complimentary Nico cocktail while you shop through an array of charming vendors selling mixed media jewelry, scented candles, clothing and pastries. (Nico Osteria, 1015 N Rush St, Sun 10am. Free)

5. See after-hours art

Check out the Museum of Contemporary Art during their evening series, which features live music, performance art, film screenings and local food. Take a break in a relaxation zone designed by artist Tegan Brace or enjoy Prince tribute performances by local funk and soul artists. (Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Fri 7pm. $20)

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