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The three best things to do today in Chicago

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Doggie style

Some days, there is nothing better to do in Chicago than chow down on something juicy, greasy and wicked affordable. Revisit Red Hot Ranch for a classic Depression Dog or get one of the scrumptious double cheeseburgers with griddled patties, perfectly melted cheese, LTO and special sauce. Don’t skimp on the fries—Red Hot’s hand-cut spuds are some of the best in the city. (Red Hot Ranch Lakeview, 3055 N Ashland Ave, 10:30am–4am)

Cat’s meow

Explore the connection between sight and touch at the Hyde Park Art Center’s group exhibition, “Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty.” This collection of work delves into the range of emotions that the physical act of touching evokes and its relationship to collective perspectives through photography, video and sculpture from nearly 20 artists. (Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S Cornell Ave, 9am–8pm. Free)

Ahead of the pack

Learn about the intersection of food and business at Made in Chicago Week’s Building a Business People Love: Foodpreneur Edition. This free panel features local “foodpreneurs,” including Ian Stuart-Hoff, operations manager at healthy meal delivery service Sprig, and Philip Tadros, cofounder and CEO of Bow Truss Coffee Roasters, Aquanaut Beer and Doejo. Stick around for more conversation, bites and drinks. (Grind, 2 N LaSalle St, 14th Floor, 6–8pm. Free)