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It is Friday for Chicago art

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Friday is the end of the work week for most Chicagoans. Of course, if you are travelling backward through time, Friday may be the beginning of the work week. Chicago sports, weather, and of course art exhibits, have Friday references.

You may have heard that many people cook fish on Fridays—Fish Fridays. I cannot verify this for Chicagoans. However, alewife, carp and trout are local fishes, and you are unlikely to catch more of them on Fridays.

Friday the 13 is probably an unlucky day even in Chicago. (Friday the 13th is certainly a mysterious, television series.) In 2013, Chicagoans certainly had their share of very hot Fridays.

No local ordinance bans the creation of art on Fridays. Therefore, if you are Robinson Crusoe, and you want to paint a portrait of Friday on Friday, go ahead. It is unlikely you will be finished by the next day—Saturday; several Fridays may pass before you are finished.

Occasionally, art exhibits may end their shows on Fridays. These exhibits are likely to be in the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Some art exhibits at Chicago’s Cultural Center may also end on Fridays.

I. Black Friday-Chicago

II. December Fridays-Chicago

III. December Fridays-Chicago Exhibits

IV. Fridays-Chicago Blackhawks

V. Fridays-Chicago Bulls

VI. Fridays-Chicago Cubs

VII. Fridays-Chicago White Sox

VIII. Frying Near a Band Shell

IX. November-Chicago Fridays

X. Oil Frying

Chicago does not have any TGIF restaurants. It is unlikely that there are many Fridays in Chicago’s Blue Pages. On Fridays, winds in Chicago can blow just as strongly as they do Monday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Black Friday-Chicago
Black Friday-Chicago © 2013 Vernon Brookins

Black Friday-Chicago

In Chicago on Black Friday, thousands of shoppers head for the Magnificent Mile. These shoppers are just as likely to be residents as they are likely to be visitors.This slide shows five, popular, Chicago department stores.

December Fridays-Chicago
December Fridays-Chicago © 2013 Vernon Brookins

December Fridays-Chicago

At least four, December Fridays will show Chicago's Christmas tree along with its ornaments. Chicago's Christmas tree will be in Daley Plaza.  Chicago's Christmas tree is several times larger than the average Christmas tree that many Chicagoans display.

December Fridays-Chicago Exhibits
December Fridays-Chicago Exhibits © 2013 Vernon Brookins

December Fridays-Chicago Exhibits

On Friday,  Dec. 6, the Museum of Contemporary Art has its First Friday. On Friday, Dec. 13, the Art Institute's Open Something Greater is ongoing. On Friday, Dec. 20, the Oriental Institutes's Power & Legacy is ongoing. On Friday, Dec. 27, the Adler Planetarium's A Walk Through Space and Time is ongoing. 

Fridays-Chicago Blackhawks
Fridays-Chicago Blackhawks © 2013 Vernon Brookins

Fridays-Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago's, professional, hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks, have several games on Fridays in 2013.Tan, red and black are the main colors in this team's logo along with a Blackhawk Amerindian. 

Fridays-Chicago Bulls
Fridays-Chicago Bulls © 2013 Vernon Brookins

Fridays-Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls are Chicago's, professional, basketball team. This team's logo consists of a red bull that has white horns staring at viewers. This team has won more championships than either the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox.

Fridays-Chicago Cubs
Fridays-Chicago Cubs © 2013 Vernon Brookins

Fridays-Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs is one of two, Chicago, professional, baseball teams. This team's season is normally April-September. The displayed graph is a bar graph. Wrigley Field is in the background.

Fridays-Chicago White Sox
Fridays-Chicago White Sox © 2013 Vernon Brookins

Fridays-Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox is Chicago's, other, professional, baseball team. The White Sox have a more recent, World Series win than the Cubs. The White Sox won in 2005; whereas, the Cubs most recent win was in 1945. 

Frying at the Band Shell
Frying at the Band Shell © 1985 Vernon Brookins

Frying at the Band Shell

Chicago's Grant Park Band Shell is outside. In 2013, during Chicago's, very hot days, some music lovers probably felt like they were frying on some Fridays. (This band shell has not changed much since 1985.)

November-Chicago Fridays
November-Chicago Fridays © 2013 Vernon Brookins

November-Chicago Fridays

In Chicago, even on November Fridays, elm, maple and oak leaves are strewn upon lawns, sidewalks and streets. Usually by early December, city maintenance crews, home owners and apartment landlords have removed most of these leaves. 

Oil for Frying
Oil for Frying © 2013 Vernon Brookins

Oil for Frying

If you are a Chicagoan and you cook fish on Fridays, alewife, catfish and trout are popular fishes. In nearby Lake Michigan, you are more likely to catch alewife than catfish or trout. This photo depicts vegetable oil pouring into an aluminum pan in preparation for cooking fish.


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