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The three best things to do today in Chicago

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Photograph: Luftwerk Luminous Field in Millennium Park

1. Get a little weird

See work by René Magritte up close and maybe you'll finally understand why his pipe is not actually a pipe. "The Conjured Life: Surrealism from the MCA Collection" displays more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs that will make you see reality a little differently. (Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, 10am-5pm, $12 suggested admission)

2. Literally LOL

Test out your funny bone at Cole's Comedy Open Mic. Each week stand-up comedians try out new material in front of a packed house. Don't worry if you've never tried it, newbies are welcome (and encouraged) and sign-up starts at 5:30pm. (Cole's, 2338 N Milwaukee Ave, 9:30pm, Free)

3. Get your adrenaline pumping

Suit up with 15 other recruits and work against the clock to save the world in The Last Defender, a room-escape game designed by the House Theatre. In a Cold War-era room participants use their wits and solve puzzles that only get more complex as you move closer to stopping an impending nuclear launch. (Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St, 6:30pm and 8:30pm, $40)

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