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Photograph: Erica GannettAndrew Bird performs at Hideout Block Party 2011

The three best things to do today in Chicago

Written by
Grace Perry
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1. Watch a Chicago favorite at his best

You’re in luck, Chicago—Tickets are still available to see our very own Andrew Bird at the Pritzker Pavilion tonight. If you’ve never seen this folk genius perform, make tonight the night. (Millennium Park, 205 E Randolph St, 7pm. $22.50–$57.50)

2. Catch Chicago’s most daring theater

Head to the northwest side for the Chicago Fringe Festival, where you never quite know what you’re going to get, but we're looking forward to the surprise. The fest showcases the best up-and-coming acts of Chicago theater. (Throughout Jefferson Park, 4822 N Long Ave, 7pm. $5 entry, additional $10 per show)

3. Believe in magic for the night

See one of America’s best long-running magic shows, “The Magic Cabaret,” starring magicians Joe Diamond and David Parr. Come ready to be amazed—yes, even you, skeptics. (Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave, 8pm. $20)

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