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Weekend Warrior: 5 Things to Do in Chicago

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Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party
Friday-Saturday at Madison & Des Plaines (Old St. Pat's Church); $40-$45
Oprah called it the place to meet your match after more than 70 couples met here and later married. If you value your book club membership, you'll go. Also, Barenaked Ladies headlines on Friday (Kris Allen and Angel Taylor will also play). The Block Party typically sells out, so get your tickets in advance. Five drinks are included with admission.

Baby Wants Candy, The Completely Improvised Full-Band Musical
Through Sunday at Theater on the Lake; $17.50
Sing a song of summer with Chicago's foremost musical improvisers. This troupe of quadruple threats have been stunning audiences for years with their ability to take a simple suggestion and spin it into a full-length book musical with more laughs, tunes, and narrative coherence than say, "Shrek." At Theatre on the Lake for just one weekend.

Boulevard Bash
Friday-Sunday at Albany & Sacramento; $5
Logan Square gets into the street fest scene with this inaugural three-day barrage of music, food and (presumably) people. Two stages will run simultaneously with acts like Waco Brothers (Friday), Smoking Popes (Saturday) and Yourself and the Air (Sunday).

Roscoe Village Burger Fest
Noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; $5
The former Belmont, Arts and Music fest gets a makeover into this celebration of all things burger. Nearly a dozen local restaurants will offer up their best burgers, including Bad Apple, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, Select Cut and the Village Tap. There will also be two stages for music, featuring '90s groups 10,000 Maniacs (Saturday) and Gin Blossoms (Sunday).

Slum Village, Que Billah
9 p.m. Saturday at Double Door; $15-$30
After the passing of J Dilla in 2006 and then the passing of Baatin in 2009, it seemed like Slum Village was destined to take a fall. But after all they've been through, remaining members T3 and Elzhi have pushed forward with a new album entitled Villa Manifesto ... The LP. No one knows for sure who will be with T3 and Elzhi for the Chicago stop of their promotional tour, but you can bet they'll have more than enough to bring down the Double Door. Opening will be Que Billah, 80's Babies, Crown Nation and DJ Rude One.

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