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The five best things to do this weekend in Chicago

Written by
Grace Perry
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1. Kick back at a fantastic live-lit show

You’re Being Ridiculous churns out a fresh, three-show run each season, and its fall show runs this weekend. This quarter’s theme is “ISSUES,” and God knows we’ve got ’em. (Mary’s Attic, 5400 N Clark St, Sat 7:30pm. $15)

2. Ditch Netflix and go see some live comedy

Sure, you could stream Parks and Rec for the 15th time, but comedy is so, so much better live. The Lincoln Lodge features a lineup of some of Chicago’s best stand-ups—get out and have a good laugh. (Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave, Fri 8pm. $10)

3. Support local artisans

Swing by the Empty Bottle for Handmade Market Chicago, a winter institution in the Ukrainian Village. Don’t let holiday shopping sneak up on you! (Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, Sat 12pm–4pm. Free)

4. Treat yourself to some dark, introspective humor

Catch actor Steven Strafford’s two-night engagement at Steppenwolf, Methtacular! The solo show gives a hilarious take on Strafford’s now-kicked narcotics habit. (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N Halsted St, Fri, Sat 8pm. $20)

5. Sample all of the beer

Sick of beer fests yet? Well we’ve got another big one for you—the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers is taking over the UIC Forum, so sample your little heart out. (UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Fri 6pm–10pm, Sat 1pm–5pm and 6pm–10pm. $55)

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