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Municipal Flag of Chicago

Municipal Flag of the City of Chicago

The municipal flag of Chicago consists of two blue horizontal stripes on a field of white, each stripe one-sixth the height of the full flag, and placed slightly less than one-sixth of the way from the top or bottom, respectively. Between the two blue stripes are four red, six-pointed stars arranged in a horizontal row.

SymbolismEdit

StripesEdit

The three white stripes of the flag represent (from top to bottom) the North, West and South sides of the city; the top blue stripe represents Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago River; the bottom blue stripe represents the South Branch of the Chicago River and the Great Canal.

StarsEdit

The four red stars on the center white stripe (from left to right) represent:

  • On the Fort Dearborn Massacre star (added in 1939): transportation, labor, commerce, finance, populousness, and salubrity.
  • On the Great Chicago Fire star (on the 1917 flag): religion, education, esthetics, justice, beneficence, and civic pride.
  • The points on the World Columbian Exposition star (on the 1917 flag) represent political entities Chicago belonged to: France 1693, Great Britain 1763, Virginia 1778, the Northwest Territory 1798, Indiana Territory 1802, Illinois 1818.
  • The Century of Progress Exposition star (added in 1933: World's Third Largest City, City's Latin Motto (Urbs in horto - City in a garden), City's "I Will" Motto, Great Central Marketplace, Wonder City, Convention City.


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