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Duff McKagan (from left), Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N’ Roses perform onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella festival Weekend 1 on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California. | Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

The Mix — Some cool things to do this weekend in Chicago

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Still haven’t locked in your weekend plans? Here are some suggestions sure to fill the bill:

FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZAS

It’s Fourth of July weekend and that means plenty of fireworks (check your local municipality or park district website for particular community’s festivities). Chicago’s official Independence Day sky show takes place July 2 at 10:15 p.m and July 4 at 9:30 p.m. at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. The fireworks are set to synchronized music, and the city’s skyline and lake are the backdrops. Word of advice: Arrive early as the Pier will “close” once attendance capacity is reached. Visit navypier.com. And if you’d like to catch all the Navy Pier fireworks from a different vantage point, check out Mercury Sightseeing Cruises for itsannual Fourth of July lakefront cruise on Monday.


‘PARADISE CITY’ REUNION

Legendary hard rockers Guns N’ Roses — featuring lead singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, and all the rest — arrive at Soldier Field with their Not in This Lifetime Tour for 8 p.m. concerts July 1 and 3. Until this tour, the trio had not played together since 1993 (save for a scant few special appearances). Tickets, $69.50-$250, are available at ticketmaster.com. Alice in Chains opens for the last time on this tour (they head out on their own road show beginning July 6).

Musician Chris Cornell performs in Arlington, Texas. | Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Musician Chris Cornell performs in Arlington, Texas. | Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

TRUTH BE TOLD

Former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell makes his Ravinia debut when his Higher Truth Tour arrives at the Highland Park venue for a 6:30 p.m. concert July 3. NPR’s 2015 Tiny Desk Concert winner Fantastic Negrito opens. Tickets: $38-$130. Visit ravinia.org.

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) comes face-to-face with a cobra in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” | LUCASFILM

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) comes face-to-face with a cobra in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” | LUCASFILM

ROUSING ‘RAIDERS’ RENDITION

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the 35th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with screenings at 7 p.m. June 30 and July 1and 2 p.m. July 2 at Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan. The original adventure of Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford)will be accompanied by the CSO, under the direction of guest conductor Richard Kaufman, playing the film’s Oscar-nominated score by John Williams. Tickets, $45 to $150. Visit cso.org.

And be sure to catch these area festivals this weekend:

Naperville Ribfest, July 1-4, 700 S. West St., Naperville; headliners include Lee Brice, 3 Doors Down, Sheryl Crow, Gin Blossoms, Ides of March and more; visit ribfest.net

Lisle Eyes to the Skies, July 1-3, 1825 Short St., Lisle; carnival June 29-July 3; visit eyestotheskies.org

Windy City Ribfest Uptown, July 1-3, 4700 N. Broadway; “Top local and national ribbers will again mix saucy slab offerings that are complemented with an eclectic music lineup at this 8th annual festival.” Visit chicagoevents.com

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, July 1-4, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph; “IFOL showcases the many diverse cultures and music from many nations.” Visit cityofchicago.org

Mamby on the Beach, July 2-3, Oakwood Beach, 4100 S. Lake Shore Drive; headliners include Chromeo, Lupe Fiasco, Animal Collective and more; visit mambybeach.com

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