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The three best things to do today in Chicago

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Sara Freund
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1. Capture a moment in time

See iconic photos of moments in American history from Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Sally Mann when the Museum of Contemporary Photography brings to light an exhibit of archived photos from its permanent collection for the museum's 40th anniversary. (The Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S Michigan Ave, 10am–5pm. Free) 

2. Explore emperors and warriors

For the first time in 30 years, China's legendary terracotta warrior army is at the Field Museum. Only 10 (of more than 8,000) figures will be on display, but you can still get an unforgettable glimpse of China in the year 221 BC. (The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, 9am–5pm. $29–$38, students $25–$32, children $20–$26)

3. Chase "La Vie Boheme"

Grab dinner (served by the actors before the show!) and sing along to the classic musical Rent. Prepare for an entertaining performance in an intimate setting when you see this show directed by Scott Weinstein. (No Exit Cafe, 6970 N Glenwood Ave, 7:30pm. $34–$39)

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