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The three best things to do today in Chicago

Written by
Nick Kotecki

1. Party like the King

If you've ever dreamed of spending an evening surrounded by Elvis impersonators and peanut butter and banana sandwiches, tonight is the night to don your blue suede shoes. Chicago karaoke mainstay Original Mother's hosts its annual Elvis Night celebrating the King's birthday with a lineup of cover acts and an Elvis look-alike contest. The winner gets a free trip to Las Vegas! (Original Mother's, 26 W Division St, 8pm. $5 suggested donation)

2. Laugh away the cold

Take seat, grab a drink and join the crowd at the 15th annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the country. The lineup is stacked with some of the best local talent as well as a few acts from around the US. (Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave, 8pm. Ticket prices vary)

3. Join the winter's warmest tour

While many city tours are hibernating for the winter, one refuses to call it quits. Chicago Elevated Winter Tours guides patrons through Chicago's extensive pedway system to some of the city's best attractions such as Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park. The cold poses no obstacle either—tour participants are given battery-heated coats to stay toasty throughout the entire trip. (40 W Lake St, 4pm. $20-$25)

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