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CHICAGO — As the sun set on Solider Field Friday night, The Dead came alive.

It was the first of the final three shows for the Grateful Dead.  The band came back to Chicago to pay tribute to the final show for Jerry Garcia 20 years ago before his death.

Outside the show, another show is underway, as fans gathered to laugh, sing, barter and tell stories.

They celebrated a culture 50 years in the making and it has drawn fans from everywhere and all walks of life.

Chicago police say they’re expecting nearly 70,000 people per night to attend the concert series.

The band has two final shows Saturday and Sunday.