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The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

The best in theater, festivals, comedy, and more.

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE The Chicago Gospel Festival comes to Millennium Park this weekend.   Photo: Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, May 27 through June 2, 2015

1 Once

Theater: If you missed this production when it came to town two years ago, here’s your chance to take in this gooey love story between a heartbroken busker and his unlikely muse.
6/2–6/7. $27–$87. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. broadwayinchicago.com

2 Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Festivals: Pushed up a month and moved back to Millennium Park (the fest had been in Ellis Park the last two years), this year’s gospel bonanza includes headliners Israel Houghton and Donald Lawrence.
5/29–5/31. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph. cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_gospel_musicfestival.html

3 Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

Classical: Everybody talks about 4’33", but nobody ever does anything about it. Except, now, for the IPO, which opens its concert with John Cage’s notorious silent piece.
5/30 at 8. $35–$55. Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 S. Harlem, Frankfort. ipomusic.org

4 The Kates

Comedy: Stand-up comics Rebecca O’Neal, Elizabeth Gomez, and Shanna Shrum are among the funny ladies set to perform at this bi-weekly shindig.
5/30 at 7. Free. The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln. thekates.org

5 Tuesdays on the Terrace

Jazz: Dana Hall’s Black Fire kicks off the Museum of Contemporary Art’s summer tradition of live jazz on its back patio. You can check out the museum’s latest exhibitions too.
6/2 at 5:30. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. mcachicago.org

What I’m Doing This Weekend

“What I’m Doing This Weekend” is taking a break, but will return next week. —Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week

Do Division

Festivals: With live music curated by the Empty Bottle Presents and Subterranean, a sidewalk sale, and a fashion show, Do-Division unofficially ushers summer into the city.
5/29–5/31. $5 donation. Division and Damen. do-divisionstreetfest.com


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