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The three best things to do today in Chicago

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1. Laugh at madness

Laugh until it hurts at the one-hour comedy show, My Solo Show of All Duets. The delusional diva is back at The Annoyance after a hilarious first run at iO this past summer. Whether you're a musical theater fan or not, this show features music everyone will know and love. (Annoyance Theatre, 851 W Belmont Ave, 8pm. $15)

2. Dive into Mexican art

Head to Pilsen to see the bold and hypnotizing colors of Errol Ortiz at the National Museum of Mexican Art before it disappears in mid-March. Ortiz's first solo exhibit covers five decades of mesmerizing, puzzle-like pieces that mostly draw inspiration from pop culture and mass media. (National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St, 10am. Included in museum admission)

3. Spend an evening at the symphony

Listen to acclaimed conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen make Witold Lutoslawski's Third Symphony come alive with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. On the cello, Yo-Yo Ma lends his legendary talent to Shostakovich's exciting and complex Cello Concerto No. 1. (Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan Ave, 8pm. $36–$255)