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The three best things to do today in Chicago

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1. Sing along, dream along

Dream pop Baltimore duo Beach House takes over the Vic Theatre tonight. Expect a set list heavy with singles off not one, but two late 2015 album releases, both Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars, an unlikely event where both received excellent reviews from critics. (Vic Theatre, 3145 N Sheffield Ave, 8pm, $32.50)

2. Pop into the museum

If you haven't yet been, be sure to make it over to the Museum of Contemporary Art's exhibit "Pop Art Design," which focuses on the broader scope of the Pop Art movement and how commercial art both influenced and was influenced by the art trend. (Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, 10am. Included in museum admission)

3. Revisit history

Though the 1936 Olympics were hosted in Nazi Germany, the ideals of the regime were resoundingly defeated when black American runner Jesse Owens went on to win four gold medals at the games, along with other minority competitors who won as well. Learn how the athletes bested the Third Reich's racist views in an exhibit titled "Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936" at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. (Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr, Skokie, 10am. $12, seniors & students $8, children $6)