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The three best things to do today in Chicago

Written by
Sara Freund

1. Get the low-down on a tasty treat

This Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum exhibit goes behind the scenes of the production of sweet, sweet chocolate. Check out photographs of how cocoa goes from a bitter bean to a delicious treat. (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, 9am. $6–$9) 

2. Listen to stories from a writer-performer

Isaac Oliver is part of Steppenwolf’s new LookOut performance series, which features rising authors. Hear stories from Oliver’s new book Intimacy Idiot about being a painfully single man in New York City. (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N Halsted St, 7pm. $20)

3. Shake it to Latin-jazz music

Eddie Palmieri has been at the top of his game for more than 40 years, and now he’s bringing his salsa beats to Chicago. Set up a blanket or dance the night away under the stars at Millennium Park. (Pritzker Pavilion, 205 E Randolph St, 6:30pm. Free)

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