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Sept. 26, 2014

All that jazz

More than 30 jazz acts are slated to perform at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival this weekend.

Craig Taborn, Tomeka Reid and the Dee Alexander Quartet feat. Oliver Lake are among the featured acts, according to Chicago Magazine. The main stages are located at the Midway Plaisance, and there are more stages in the area.

For more information visit HyrdeParkJazzFestival.org.

More fests

If jazz isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more festival fun to be had in Chicago this weekend.

Scheduled for this weekend: the Chinese Cultural Festival, Saturday at Whitney Young Magnet High School in the West Loop; the Edgewater Fall Art Fair, Saturday and Sunday on Granville Avenue between Kenmore Avenue and Broadway; and the Saint Tarcissus Green Fest, Saturday at 6040 W. Ardmore Ave. in Jefferson Park.

Visit CityofChicago.org for more street festival information.

Knowledge is free

For those looking for a bit of culture this weekend, Chicago museums have just the thing.

As part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! event, 11 city museums will be offering free admission on Saturday, DNAinfo Chicago reported. The Adler Planetarium, Chicago History Museum and Swedish American Museum Association of Chicago are among the institutions offering free entry.

For the full list, visit DNAinfo.com.

Dog days

Iconic Avondale hot dog spot Hot Doug’s has infamously long lines that are growing in length as the restaurant prepares to close its doors for good after Oct. 3.

Traditionally, Hot Doug’s owner Doug Sohn has served anyone standing in line at the restaurant’s 4 p.m. closing time. But on Sept. 13, the last person standing in line at 4 p.m. was not served until 9:15 p.m. That led Sohn to begin cutting the line off earlier in the day, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.

Last Saturday Sohn cut the line off at 11 a.m. – just 30 minutes after Hot Doug’s opened. The restaurant’s last order still was not taken until 7:50 p.m.

When Hot Doug’s completes its last day on Oct. 3, Sohn said he will be the restaurant’s final customer.

“When people are like, ‘We're going to strategize to see who's going to be the last person [in line]’ — don't waste your time,” he said. “I get to decide, and it's me.”

-Tom Butala