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The three best things to do in Chicago today

Written by
Laura Rote

1. Feel the beat—and know its history too 
Develop an even deeper love of sick beats with the insightful "Move Your Body: The Evolution of House Music" exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center. Then regale your friends with tales of the genre’s origins in Chicago clubs in the ’80s through today. (Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, 9am-7pm. Free)

2. Get schooled over lunch by the river
Make new friends and take a break outside during the weekly lunch date at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. The lecture series is a chance for you to get informed about local issues and the newly expanded Riverwalk. Then, feel free to tour the museum. General admission is just $5. (McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, 376 N. Michigan Avenue, 12:15pm. Free)

3. Grab a seat on the grass and chill out
Keep the excitement of the weekend alive with music from local bohemian favorites Poi Dog Pondering, plus the soulful sounds of rock darling Caroline Smith, as part of the popular concert series Downtown Sound.
(Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 6:30pm. Free)

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