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Banned Books Week Read-Out
What: Big-shot authors (Judy Blume, Stephen Chbosky, Lois Lowry) read passages from their favorite banned and challenged books.
Why: Burn, baby, burn.
When: Sat., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave., at the Chicago River.
Spa Chakra Opening
What: Palmer House’s new spa specializes in eyelash tinting, facials, body wraps, massages, and more.
Why: Chak your system.
When: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
When: 17 E. Monroe St., b/t State St. & Wabash Ave., 5th flr. (312-422-1336).
Pastry Chicago Demonstration
What: The French Pastry School chef John Kraus shows how to make seasonal tarts.
Why: You’re flaky.
When: Sat., 1:15 p.m.
Where: Whole Foods, 1101 S. Canal St., b/t Taylor St. & Roosevelt Rd. R.S.V.P. required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: New men’s and women’s shop specializing in denim (G-Star, Diesel, Rich & Skinny) does fittings and consultations.
Why: You need a good jean pool.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 2122 N. Halsted St., at Dickens Ave. (773-525-8004).
Edgewater Dinner Crawl
What: Sample food from more than twenty restaurants (Baladoche, Ras Dashen, Broadway Cellars) for $25.
Why: Fatten up, string bean.
When: Thurs., 6-9 p.m.
Where: Start at Loyola University Simpson Center, 6333 N. Winthrop Ave., b/t Sheridan Rd. & Rosemont Ave. (773-506-4016). Tickets online at brownpapertickets.com.