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The three best things to do today in Chicago

Written by
Clayton Guse

1. Channel your inner impressionist

Start off your month with the newest gallery of paintings in town. The Art Institute's new collection of works by impressionist painter Edgar Degas opens today. Titled "Degas: At the Track, On the Stage," the exhibit showcases the 19th-century artist's love of movement and his ability to depict it on a canvas. (Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave. Included with museum admission, $14)

2. Bust a gut to some English wit

Russell Howard is a stand-up comedy goliath across the pond, but he draws a much more indie crowd in the States. Howard hosts several panel/chat shows in the UK, and his new show, Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, debuted on Comedy Central in April. Tonight, he's bringing his spunky humor to Lincoln Hall for a night of laughs. (Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave, 5pm. $25)

3. Catch a movie outdoors

You can catch one of three "Movies in the Park" tonight, all of which are family-friendly options. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is playing at Washtenaw Park, The Princess Bride at Lincoln Park and The Sandlot is playing at Gladstone Park. Grab a blanket, fill up a flask and enjoy some films outside. (Various venues, 8:30pm. Free) 

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