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The three best things to do today in Chicago

Lil Bub
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1. See one of the season's most beautiful concerts

Catch violinist Andrew Bird's opening performance of his four-night residency at the Fourth Presbyterian Church this week. These show aren't your average violin and whistling sets—they're special gezelligheid performances (Dutch for "coziness"), marked by their intimate nature and exploration of Bird's immense catalog of songs. Expect some new material, old favorites and covers. (Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E Chestnut St, 7pm. $42.50-$47.50)

2. Shop and skate

If you missed Renegade Craft Fair this weekend, catch up on your Christmas shopping at Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe. Hosted by Parson's Chicken & Fish, this market is perfect for picking up kitschy gifts by local makers like Fleur, Bird Trouble, Berglo Jewelry and Eye of the Sun—plus, you can eat some fried chicken and skate on Parson's ice rink before or after you shop. (Parson's Chicken & Fish, 2952 W Armitage, 4pm. Free)

3. Meet the cutest face on the internet

Say "hello" to Lil Bub, one of the cutest felines to grace the internet, while also picking up her new record (yes, an album by a cat) at this special album signing event. No petting is allowed, but you can snap a photo and go home feeling warm and fuzzy—$20 of the admission price goes to Lil Bub's Big Fund and the Tree House Humane Society, the good folks who are working on Chicago's first cat cafè(Reckless Records Wicker Park, 1379 N Milwaukee Ave, 5:30pm. $60)

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