After the craziness of the midterm elections, you might need to do something fun to decompress.

If you really need a laugh, get tickets to the Chicago Comedy Festival at Columbia College Chicago. There are so many different movies to choose from, and tickets are cheap.

Or, there’s a theater opening in Washington Park that promises music, food and more. Plus, you can feel good about supporting a local artists community by stopping by.

Opening of the Green Line Performing Arts Center – Free

Rendering of the Green Line Performing Arts Center. | Provided photo.

What: A new theater is opening in Washington Park on the Arts Block. Everyone is invited to the opening, which will feature performances, exhibitions, tours, local vendors, music, food and activities.
When: Opens at 3 p.m.
Where: Green Line Performing Arts Center, 329 E. Garfield Blvd., Chicago.

Chicago Comedy Film Festival – $12

What: Have a laugh with a funny movie at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. The festival showcases a wide range of films from low budget to studio quality work.
When: All weekend, check out the schedule.
Where: Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago.

JASC Holiday Delight – Free

Holiday Delight. | Provided photo

What: Get a jump on your holiday shopping at this Japanese festival full of gorgeous gifts.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 4427 N. Clark St., Chicago.

More Sun-Times Guides with things to do

Feel like exploring a new neighborhood this weekend? Check out “The Grid,” a series of Sun-Times neighborhood guides that have the scoop on where to eat, drink and shop. Or check out our guide to having fun in Chicago, which rounds up the hottest shows and events in the city.

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