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Murder By Death at Do Division Street Fest, 6/3/12.
Photograph: Max Herman

The five best things to do this weekend in Chicago

Written by
Sara Freund

1. Head to a summer fest

Do Division, hosted by Empty Bottle and Subterranean, kicks off the summer festival season this weekend. The music lineup is solid, including bands like A Place to Bury Strangers, Diane Coffee and BADBADNOTGOOD. (Division St between Damen Ave and Wood St, Fri 5–10pm, Sat & Sun noon–10pm. $5 suggested donation)

2. Belt out '80s hits

On her Unbreakable World Tour, Janet Jackson performs for the first time in four years. The 50-year-old pop star will be traveling behind her new album Unbreakable but will hopefully sing a few of the classics for her longtime fans. (Allstate Arena, 6920 N Mannheim Rd, Sat 8pm. $29.95–$125)

3. Explore an art fair

Hop over to one of the oldest art fairs in Hyde Park for paintings, sculptures, jewelry and ceramics from more than 200 artists. Guests will be able to watch featured pop-up artist talks as well as artist-at-work exhibits. (57th St between Kenwood and Kimbark Ave, Sat 11am, Sun 10am. Free)

4. Soak up some sun—and beer

The Two Brothers Brewing Company has put together a weekend full of music and beer. While raising money for charity, rock out with the Cold War Kids and try the new release of Two Brothers Hop Centric Double IPA and Hop Centric Black. (RiverEdge Park, 360 N Broadway St Aurora, Fri 5pm, Sat 3pm. $25–$200)

5. See a mini play

The Neo-Futurists' signature show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, is a collection of 30 mini-plays performed in 60 minutes. The rapid chaos is shaped into entertaining performances by the energetic writer-performers. (Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N Ashland Ave, Fri & Sat 11:30pm, Sun 7pm. $14–$19)

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