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Chicago's Top 5 Events for $10 or Less

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The artisanal movement is all about authenticity and hand craftsmanship, and producing products you have to touch, see, smell and/or taste to appreciate — which is kind of tough to do on a smartphone. But this Sunday gathering located in the heart of Fulton Market at Morgan Manufacturing allows you to get up close and personal with both products and makers as you shop for one-of-a-kind designs, home goods, fashion, art and food from a carefully curated grouping of more than 100 independent local artisans. This family-friendly event offers a kids’ zone, and VIP tickets include one of’s coveted signature goodie bags, worth more than $100. Support small business and snag original designs you can’t find online or anywhere else at the Chicago Artisan Market.

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Straight from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, come out and be part of the first stop of the nationwide tour of the Stay Tuned: Rock On TV exhibit. Walk through the wild world of rock history — from American Bandstand to the heyday of MTV — and snap a selfie with everything from Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” costume to ZZ Top’s epic Eliminator car.

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The newest additions to the famed Chicago Flower & Garden show are designed to put a little spring in your step for 2020 with planned culinary, craft, quilting, photography, nature and tablescape exhibits, plus a ton of workshops, kids’ activities and of course, flowers — in fact, they’re touting more than 150,000 square feet filled with 15,000 blooms.

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4. The Second City’s Late Night Improv - After Hours

Stay up late with The Second City as they bring you their latest and greatest with After Hours, a late-night improv show. It’s interactive. It’s hyperactive. It’s the most fun you can have past bedtime. Come see an entirely improvised, entirely ridiculous 60 minutes that’ll leave you with a full-fledged comedy hangover at Chicago’s UP Comedy Club.

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House of Blues is the ultimate night out. It’s where great food sets the stage for amazing live concerts. From VIP experiences with the world’s best artists to our world-famous Gospel Brunch on Sundays, House of Blues is truly where music and food feed the soul.

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