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Weekend Warrior: 5 Things To Do In Chicago

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Don't be alarmed if you see something like this on Michigan Avenue on Friday.

Jimmy Kuehnle's Inflatable Suit Tour
Noon Friday at Grant Park; free
Looking to add a little weird to your weekend? Check out this Michigan-based "performance artist" known for wearable inflatable suits during his public shows. will make performance treks through the city. We're not sure how else to describe the show, other than a guy in a big inflatable suit walking down the street and talking to people. Yeah, you probably have to see this one to believe it.

Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
Starts Friday and runs through Jan. 3; free
We're still waiting for that first official big snow of the season, but you can start celebrating early at Navy Pier. Find a range of holiday-themed attractions at this annual event, from the Reindeer Express Train Ride to the Pepsi Create-a-Cookie Cottage to the Extreme Ice Trail Ropes Course. There will also be live performances on two stages (including a visit from Santa) and characters strolling around. Admission is free, but a wristband ($19 with ice skating, $16 without) is required for rides and activities.
Find more holiday events in our Holiday Guide.

A Very Naked Christmas Carol
7 p.m. Friday at Studio L'Amour
How could "A Christmas Carol," read aloud, be anything other than wholesome family entertainment? What if you put the Dickens classic in the hands of a Live! Nude! Girl! For one night only, the winsome vixens of Studio L'Amour will roast their chestnuts in the open, x-masing up their popular Naked Girls Reading series with a selection of holiday tales. Ho ho ho, y'all.

Lincoln Square Christkindl Market

All day Friday-Sunday, corner of Lincoln and Leland; free
Celebrate some German-style holiday cheer, without the hustle and bustle of Daley Plaza. Head to Lincoln Square, for a more subdued, yet just as festive event. The second annual event features strolling musicians, holiday lights and ice sculptures on Lincoln Square. There's also a big heated tent with traditional German food, warm Gluewhein and authentic German Bier. A "kids korner" will have arts and crafts and gingerbread cookie decorating, as well as an appearance by St. Nicholas. The festivities start at noon on Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Blind Boys of Alabama
8:30 p.m. Saturday at FitzGerald's; $25
If the impending doom of winter is giving you a case of the blues, you might as well share it with a group that can empathize. The Blind Boys were conceived back in the late 1930s at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind. In the decades since, they've toured throughout the country and collaborated with everyone from Ben Harper to Bonnie Raitt for their 2009 album, Duets. This will be the bluesiest Christmas show all year, for sure.
For more music, check out our must-see shows.

Just missed the cut: Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade, Small Brown Bike, The Madame Barker Holiday Variety Show, Themselves/Eyedea & Abilities

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