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The three best things to do today in Chicago

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Grace Perry
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1. Transport your mind to a calmer place

Check out the work of Chicago painter Wasalu Jaco—better known by his hip-hop stage name, Lupe Fiasco. His colorful geometric paintings will soothe your worried mind this election day. (Ed Paschke Art Center, 5415 W Higgins Ave, 10am—7pm. Free).

2. Hide from election night at the theater

Take in this meta-play/magic show, where a magician performs immediately after being dumped. Sleight-of-hand can reveal more about human relationships than you may think. (Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St, 7:30pm. $10-$40).

3. Learn from the best and brightest

Chicago Humanities Festival brings the most intriguing and forward-thinking minds to Chicago, so you’re bound to learn something new at every talk. Check out the website for tonight’s full lineup. (Various locations, see site for details).

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