What You're Doing Today (and Tonight): Jan. 14

A guided meditation, budget-friendly travel tips and a local singer showcase

IN THE ZONE: Escape your cube and learn how to chill out during a free lunchtime meditation at the eco-chic Allyu Spa in River West. The session is led by Susan A. Lipshutz, a licensed clinical social worker. 12PM, free.

GET OUT OF TOWN: Pick up expert travel tips during REI's "Budget World Travel, The Backpacker Way" presentation at its Lincoln Park store tonight. You'll learn tricks of the trade from volunteers from Hostelling International Chicago on how to find the best airfare, save money on accommodations and prepare and pack smart. 7PM, free.

CHICAGO IDOL: Local singers take the stage during the Chicago Singer Spotlight's eighth anniversary show tonight at FitzGerald's in Berwyn. Tonight's lineup includes Nick Stahanoski, Katika Neal, Bob Stroud and Vocal Poynt, each singing a four-song set. The performers range from seasoned to aspiring, and the genres include everything from rock and country to musical theater and original material. 8PM, $8.

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