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Chi overlays the chives. Can you spot it? A Chicago skyline is in the background.
Chi overlays the chives. Can you spot it? A Chicago skyline is in the background.
Christine Nichols and Vernon Brookins

It may not be obvious before now, but Chicago contains chi (x). Chi is the 22nd letter in the Greek alphabet. In Eastern philosophies, chi is also vital energy.

Chicago art can consist of paint chips. When artists place such chips on backing material they are collages. Displaying chipped, wooden frames for paintings or photos tell viewers that the painter and/or photographer were careless.

Chippendale furniture should not have chocolate chip cookie crumbs on them; otherwise, viewers who view such photographs will say that the photographer was sloppy. Photographing such furniture comes under the still life and product category. To be acceptable for such photography, Chippendale furniture should not have any chips.

Photographers who photograph Chihuahuas should be certain that these dogs are calm. This is pet photography, and dogs are usually photogenic subjects, but not always. Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) are interesting subjects for aquatic photos. (You cannot catch these fish along Chicago’s Lake Michigan shoreline.) The Brookfield Zoo website does not list any chimpanzees. During Chicago’s spring, summer and autumn, you may see chipmunks in the forest preserves.

Recent weather caused Chicago wind chills. Some Chicagoans may have warmed themselves by eating very spicy chili. Some Chicagoans may have allowed their chins to get very cold.

Chicagoan diners may chide you if you are a chef, and you do not put any chili peppers in chili. If you serve warm ice cream instead of chilled ice cream, you will almost certainly receive chides from irritated diners. Chipped beef should not contain chocolate chips or wood chips.

I. Chicago Chi Chillies

II. Chicago Chi Chip

III. Chicago Chi Chit-Chat

IV. Chicago Chickens with Chi

V. Chicago Chicle

VI. Chicago Chi Corgi

VII. Chicago-Chisel-Chipping

VIII. Chi Chiaroscuro

IX. Chilly Chicago Chi Humps

X. Chilly Chi Powder

Chicago Chi Chillies
Chicago Chi Chillies © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Chicago Chi Chillies

In Chicago, if you order a Chicago Style Hot Dog, sometimes the cook will include chili peppers as some of the ingredients. At none of Chicago's restaurants will chefs only serve you a plate of chillies. This slide contains chi on opposite corners.   

Chicago Chi Chip
Chicago Chi Chip © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Chicago Chi Chip

In Chicago, I spotted this wooden chip among snow. I recently added the chi. This is graphic design, and has nothing to do with chivalry. (I did not see any potato chips in the snow.)

Chicago Chit-Chat
Chicago Chit-Chat © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Chicago Chit-Chat

It is possible that in some of Chicago's skyscrapers someone is chatting about chi. The Greek, chi letter resembles the English letter x, which is the 24th letter in this alphabet. This slide's, letter balloons qualify this as Pop Art. You will usually see such balloons in comic books.

Chicago Chickens with Chi
Chicago Chickens with Chi © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Chicago Chickens with Chi

This slide's, three, diagonal photos have chickens marching in a parade. (The chickens are people in chicken costumes.) The chi letters in the upper right and lower left corners have 3D effects. This is graphic design. 

Chicago Chicle
Chicago Chicle © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Chicago Chicle

Wrigley Company is one of Chicago's, most famous companies. Wrigley made his fortune by selling chewing gum; chicle is an essential ingredient in chewing gum.This photo shows part of the Wrigley monument in Chicago's Millennium Park.

Chicago Chi Corgi
Chicago Chi Corgi © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Chicago Chi Corgi

I spotted this Welsh Corgi at one of Chicago's dog shows.  Using graphic design, I added some chis to the bottom, yellow circles. It is doubtful that this dog knows anything about the Greek alphabet.

Chicago-Chisel-Chipping
Chicago-Chisel-Chipping © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Chicago-Chisel-Chipping

I took the photo of the frozen water from the park fountain before the recent, polar vortex. However, if such occurred during the recent, cold weather, and you wanted to drink from such fountains, you might need a chisel to chip away the ice.

Chi Chiaroscuro
Chi Chiaroscuro © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Chi Chiaroscuro

The central painting may not qualify as chiaroscuro art, but the left and right borders have the chiaroscuro style along with the chiaroscuro chis. The painting is stained glass at Chicago's Navy Pier

Chilly Chicago Chi Humps
Chilly Chicago Chi Humps © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Chilly Chicago Chi Humps

In winter, and especially after the recent, polar vortex, ice humps form along Chicago's shoreline. This weather phenomena are chilly. Adding chis to them makes the chis chilly (symbolically).

Chilly Chi Powder
Chilly Chi Powder © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Chilly Chi Powder

Snow has many consistences. When it is powdery, and one creates chis to place upon it, it becomes chilly, chi powder. This chilly powder is dissimilar to chili powder.