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Onlookers gathered in Millennium Park for the 102nd Chicago Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, November 24, 2015.
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

The five best things to do this weekend in Chicago

By
Grace Perry
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1. Fall in love with your new favorite musician
The increasingly popular genre-bender Lydia Loveless brings her country/rock/disco jams to Metro this weekend. It’s just so easy to love this Columbus native. (Metro Chicago, 3730 N Clark St, Sat 9pm. $23)

2. Kick off the holiday season
The holiday season in Chicago officially begins Friday night with both the City of Chicago’s Tree Lighting Ceremony in Millennium Park, as well as the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Check out the full details here.

3. Discover your next staple piece
The first annual Chicago Printers Guild Publishers Fair takes over Elastic Arts this weekend. Nearly 40 artists will be selling their work, so you’ll be sure to find something perfect for your apartment. (Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave, Kick-off gala Fri 7-11pm, Fair Sat noon-8pm. Gala $5, Fair 3)

4. Catch some radio IRL
See your favorite podcasts like My Favorite Murder record or discover your new favorite show this weekend at Chicago Podcast Festival. We made our top picks for what to see and hear at the fest(Various venues, Thurs-Sat. $20-$47)

5. Knock back some spiced wine and waffles
Got family in town for Thanksgiving already? Take them to Christkindlmarket, the annual German holiday market in Daley Plaza, which opens Friday. (Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington St, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm. Free)

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