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A variety of helpful machines are on display in the Museum of Science and Industry’s “Robot Revolution” exhibit.
Photograph: Martha WilliamsA variety of helpful machines are on display in the Museum of Science and Industry’s “Robot Revolution" exhibit.

The three best things to do today in Chicago

Written by
Madeline Wolfson

Lollapalooza isn't the only event in town this weekend, and if you’re not one of the thousands who will be bartering for a square of toilet paper this Friday, you should check out the other great events going on in the city today.

1. See a gay porn pop musical

Stanley in the Name of Love debuts this week at Wicker Park’s Den Theatre. The absurdist dance pop musical follows a trailer-park twink on his journey to find love and, well, become a porn star. What more do we need to say? (The Den, 1329–1333 N Milwaukee Ave, 7:30pm. $20)

2.  Laugh at your love life

We seem to have accepted our dependency on digital dating sites and apps, so we might as well have a good, hard laugh at ourselves and each other. Whether you’re playing the pixelated field or watching from the safety of an LTR, there’s a lot to laugh at in Second City’s interactive comedy, #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment. (UP Comedy Club, 230 W North Ave, 8 & 11pm. $28–$33)

3. Surrender to the robots already

Embrace our not-so-distant future at the Museum of Science and Industry’s “Robot Revolution” today. Nearly 40 robots from around the world populate this interactive, super fun exhibit where you can build your own robot, challenge one to a game of blackjack or meet a drone. If you have kids this is a can’t-miss, but it’s fun as hell for adults too. (Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, noon. $9 kids under 11, $11 adults)

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