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The three best things to do today in Chicago

The three best things to do today in Chicago
Image: Reservoir Dogs

1. See a Tarantino flick

There are just three nights left of the Music Box Theatre's Quentin Tarantino film marathon, which features screenings of the director's own films alongside a selection of movies that inspired his signature style. Tonight's lineup features Stanley Kubrick's crime classic The Killing, followed by the stellar Reservoir Dogs, both shown in their original 35mm format. We're not gonna twist your arm (or cut off your ear), but you should probably go to this. (Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave, 6pm The Killing, 8:30pm Reservoir Dogs. $10 per screening)

2. The sweetest thing

You don't have to celebrate Hanukkah to eat cupcakes, but the holiday provides a great excuse to pick up the delicious Hanukkah box at Sprinkles this year. The cupcakes come in red velvet, dark chocolate and vanilla varieties, each adorned with Stars of David and other holiday-inspired decorations. If you can't make it over to the Gold Coast, you can always order them here. (Sprinkles, 50 E Walton St, 9am–9pm. $42 12 cupcake box, gift box $52)

3. Express yourself

The Smart Museum of Art's latest exhibition examines the roots of the Expressionist movement, an avant-garde painting style that originated in Germany and Central Europe in the early 20th century. The Expressionist movement is characterized by its abstract colors and forms, rendering subjects that are decidedly simple and steeped in emotion. This exhibit runs through January 10. (Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S Greenwood Ave, 10am–5pm. Free)