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Weekend Warrior: 5 Things To Do In Chicago

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

All day Saturday along the Magnificent Mile; free

Let the holiday season begin! Mickey Mouse leads the parade of floats down Michigan Avenue as more than 1 million lights are illuminated to kick off the season. There will be music all day at the Harris Stage (401 N. Michigan Ave.) including Plain White T’s at 3 p.m. There’s also a fireworks display over the river starting at 7 p.m.

Need some help getting into the holiday spirit? Check out our holiday guide.

The Man Who Was Thursday

Through Saturday at Lincoln Park Cultural Center; $10-$12

The play, based on a century-old novel and gaining rave reviews, closed its run in town this weekend. Dan Granata steals the show as a spy in the center of a plot to destroy (and save?) civilization in 18th century London, part of a plot that’s surprisingly topical today.

See more theater picks here.

The Pixies

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at Aragon Ballroom, $47.50

There’s some really good music in town this weekend (check out our must-see shows for more), and the Pixies are the cream of the crop. Rumor has it Black Francis and the crew will play classic album Doolittle (“Here Comes Your Man,” “Wave of Mutilation”) in its entirety sometime this weekend to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its release.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

All day Saturday along the Magnificent Mile; free

Let the holiday season begin! Mickey Mouse leads the parade of floats down Michigan Avenue as more than 1 million lights are illuminated to kick off the season. There will be music all day at the Harris Stage (401 N. Michigan Ave.) including Plain White T’s at 3 p.m. There’s also a fireworks display over the river starting at 7 p.m.

Need some help getting into the holiday spirit? Check out our holiday guide.

Modern Vintage Holiday Market

Saturday-Sunday at Beaux Arts Plumbers Hall (1340 W. Washington); $8-$10

Randolph Street Market presents this third annual shopping event geared toward those of us on top of our game enough to think about holiday presents already (and more power to you, folks). Find vintage attire, jewelry, houseware and just about anything else you can put a bow on and give as a gift. And they sure make it easy, offering free parking, free gift wrapping and a $10 shipping voucher for anyone spending more than $50.

AlphaBeer Launch Party

6 p.m. Saturday at Globe Pub; $40

Drink your way through the alphabet – from Anchor Steam to Poland’s Zywiec – at this special tasting that features a beer for every letter. After the tasting, take a free trolley to Cubby Bear to see a rockin’ show by local acts Lucid Ground, The Attraction, Along the Parallel and more (tickets are $10 for the show).

Just missed the cut: Savoy Brown, 1985, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant