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Adopt a dog at Foster Ave Beach, sketch comedy, Winter Dance top your weekend

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The holidays are over, but the fun of 2013 is just beginning. If you're in the mood to dance at the Chicago Cultural Center, laugh at local comics, ice skate at Navy Pier or jump into Lake Michigan this weekend, Time Out Chicago's Marissa Conrad has you covered.

Saturday

Freezin' for a Reason Missed the New Year's Day plunge? Jump into Lake Michigan to benefit Project Rescue Chicago, which rescues abandoned dogs and finds them new homes, then join fellow dog lovers at a nearby pub for drink specials and prizes. The event raised more than $20,000 last year. Note: Humans only at this event. Foster Avenue Beach, 5200 N Lake Shore Dr (312-623-0939, firstgiving.com/projectrescue/freezin-for-a-reason). 10:15am. $25; pre-registration required.

Friday-Sunday

Winter Wonderfest Christmas is over, but the annual extravaganza is still going strong at Navy Pier. Ride the Ferris wheel or wait in line for new attraction Zero Gravity. Other amusements include video games, ice skating, gingerbread workshops and inflatables. Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave (312-595-7437, navypier.com). 10am–10pm; wristband (excludes ice skating) $16, advance $15; premium wristband (includes ice skating) $20, advance $19.

Friday-Sunday

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival This annual festival of indie sketch comedy is among our favorite weeks of the year. Catch improv troupe the Katydids, local due the tim&micah project and more. Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave (773-327-5252, stage773.com). Times vary; $14/show, festival pass $150.

Friday-Sunday

Winter Dance 2013 Following in the footsteps of the city's popular Summer Dance series, this public series offers an hour of free lessons taught by dance pros, including instructors from Big City Swing. Right after, show off your moves on the dance floor. Chicago Cultural Center, Yates Gallery, 77 E Randolph St, fourth floor (312-742-1190). Fri, Sat 6–9:30pm; Sun 4–7pm. Free.

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