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The three best things to do today in Chicago

Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson
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1. Learn about space, transportation and more for free

Start the new year by taking advantage of the Museum of Science and Industry's free days for Illinois residents. They have exhibits like "Numbers in Nature," explaining naturally occurring mathematical patterns and "Future Energy Chicago," showing how we to make the energy for the future. (Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, 9:30am-5:30pm. Free)

2. See the best one acts written by Chicago high school students

Watch three competition-winning one-act plats written by Chicago high school students at the 29th annual Young Playwrights Festival. Three one-acts centered around the theme of "expectations" will be staged and performed by professional actors and directors. (Pegasus Theatre Chicago, 1105 W Chicago Ave, 7pm. $18–$30)

3. Get down to the country blues

Playing behind his 2015 release, Terraplane, Steve Earle sings the blues at City Winery. Listen to the legendary country singer-songwriter as he kicks off a multi-date residency and drink a few glasses of wine. (City Winery, 1200 W Randolph St, 6pm doors, 8pm start. $50-65)

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