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The three best things to do today in Chicago

Written by
Madeline Wolfson

1. Amp up your Chicago style

Chicago isn’t exactly a city known for its fashion sense but along Michigan Avenue designer divas and style-junkies get away from the sports gear and parade of plaid. Discover Chicago’s stylish side at “Chicago Styled,” where 26 designer ensembles explore the history of how North Michigan Avenue evolved into an upscale retail destination. Featuring retro designs by Gianni Versace, Christian Lacroix, Yohji Yamamoto and Chanel, it’s almost like you’re in another era, and another city. (Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, 9:30am-4:30pm. $14)

2. Chill out in the ice age

"Mammoths & Mastodons," the mega-sized exhibit that debuted at the Field in 2010, returns to Chicago after a world tour. Through bones, tusks, and interactive elements visitors can explore how these animals lived, adapted and eventually died out. You won’t want, or be able, to miss the life sized mammoth model and skeleton. (The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, 9am-5pm, no entry after 4pm. $25–$31)

3. Have the last laugh

Tonight’s your last chance to see master improvisers perform Stolen House, the entirely improvised play using the existing set of Stupid Fucking Bird. David Pasquesi, Scott Adsit, John Lutz, Stephnie Weir, Bob Dassie and T.J. Jagodowski make up this all star run and although no one knows what will happen yet, it’s going to be very good and very, very funny. (Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N Lincoln Ave, 8pm. $24)

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