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Chicago's Priceless Things To Do This Week: September 8th-14th

This week's Priceless Things To Do will have you rocking the mic, shaking up your diet and watching the Bears panhandle the 49ers. There's only 52 weeks in a year, make sure this one is priceless!

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Show Off Your Talent

Date: Monday, September 8

Looking for your big break? Want to blow off some steam after work? The NightCap Coffee Bar's open mic night welcomes experts and novices alike for an evening of performances. Located on W 18th St. the Coffee Bar's "Speak On It" open mic is a BYOB event with purchase from the NightCap menu. All acts are welcome, from musicians to poets to comedians. Even if you don't have a conventional skill set to show off, anyone with something conscious to say can hop on stage and share their thoughts. Sign up begins at 7:00 p.m. and the performances start right at 8:00 p.m.

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Take In Taco Tuesday

Date: Tuesday, September 9

Why have a regular old Tuesday when you can have a Taco Tuesday? Head down to La Cocina Logan Square on N. Kedzie Ave. for $1 Tuesday special. That's right, one delicious meaty taco for one tiny little dollar. Each taco comes in a corn tortilla with your choice of steak, chicken, pork, chorizo or veggies. La Cocina holds the distinction of being one of the few taco spots in Chicago that offers vegan tacos, making it ideal for carnivores and herbivores alike. If you're not in the mood for tacos (however unlikely that may be), the menu also has classic Mexican favorites such as quesadillas, burritos and tostadas. As if you needed even more incentive, the restaurant also has a BYOB policy. Hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day.

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Visit A World Of Princesses & Heros

Date: Wednesday, September 10

Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heros is coming to the United Center this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. This show features a medley of classic Disney tales all rolled up into one magical performance. Princesses & Heros features excerpts from The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Cinderella, Beauty And The Beast, Snow White, Rapunzel, and The Princess And The Frog. High flying jumps, thrilling acrobatics and masterful skating are all intertwined with each story, making for a night your kids won't be able to stop smiling about. Tickets are available online starting at $18 and admission is free for all children under 36 inches tall if held in their parent's or guardian's lap.

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Shake Things Up

Date: Friday, September 12

Summer is almost over, but that doesn't mean it's too late to cool down with a nice chocolate milkshake. This Friday is National Chocolate Milkshake Day, so take a trip over to Edzo's Burger Shop on N. Lincoln Ave for one of their special $5 shakes. Store owner Eddie is a culinary school graduate and world traveler who prepares all his shakes in an old-fashioned spindle machine, which blends ingredients instead of chopping them. The spindle machine's blending process works slower than a modern blender and creates a smoother, creamier milkshake due to less air getting trapped in the mix. If the shake isn't enough to fill your stomach, grab one of Edzo's locally raised, grassfed beef burgers for a meal that's both healthy and humane. Edzo's is open from 10:30 a.m. to midnight every Friday.

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Watch The Bears At The Bar

Date: Sunday, September 14

Coach Trestman and the Bears are taking their talents out west this week as they play the 49ers in Levi Stadium. Instead of chartering a flight to San Francisco catch a ride to The Anthem Bar on W. Division St. to watch all the action. The Anthem Bar boasts two colossal projectors (190" and 150"), three 65" TV's and four 60" TV's all playing Da Bears. Ease your hunger with a Juicy Luicy (burger with Velveeta on the inside) and quench your thirst with their robust drink menu, featuring over 15 kinds of whiskey, beer and vodka. Throw on your favorite jersey and get down to the bar by 8:30 p.m. for kick-off.

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Matt Weiss is an Associate Producer for CBS Local's Best Of and Travel sections. Follow him on twitter.
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