Throughout the year, Chicago Studies will be sponsoring Chicago Fridays, an un-programmed block of time from 12:00-2:00 PM CST which invites students to meet and discuss all things Chicago – whether it be ongoing student research, a new museum exhibit, or the latest Sox game! Chicago Fridays will take place every other Friday in the Urban Lounge, and will always include coffee and snacks and the opportunity to consult with Chicago Studies faculty and staff in an informal atmosphere. Some Fridays will also feature special guests and programming. During Welcome Week (and just one day before this weekend’s Bike Tour), bring your bicycle with you for a quick tune-up, courtesy of our bike marshal team from Blackstone Bicycle Works. While you’re there, grab a free Chicago bike map, slap a Chicago Studies sticker on your bike helmet, and – HUGE bonus! – meet Dean Boyer and Professor Hansen, who will be signing copies of their respective books on Chicago history.