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The three best things to do today in Chicago

Written by
Sara Freund

1. Visit the East

Become a Chinese history buff when you visit the Terracotta Warrior exhibit at the Field Museum. You'll get to see a snapshot of China circa 221. (Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, 9am. $29–$38)

2. Conquer your stage fright

Take the stage. Whether you're winging it for the first time or have a monologue prepared, iO welcomes everyone. If you're too shy to stand in the spotlight, grab a drink and let out some laughs while supporting other budding stars. (iO Theater, 1501 N Kingsbury St, 10pm. Free)

3. Learn the art of lounging

Maybe you're an office chair kind of guy, or maybe you prefer the old-school bean bag, but either way, learn a little more about where your seat comes from. This exhibit at the Art Institute covers the evolution of the modern chair from plywood seats to shiny chaises. (The Art Institute, 111 S Michigan Ave, 10:30am. $29)

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