Chi-town - one of the premier cities of the United States of America, known as a hub for culture, commerce, creativity, and sports. Show your love for the Windy City with a classic symbol of Chicago: your very own American-made Chicago, IL Flag!
CHICAGO FLAG FEATURES
Our 100% nylon Chicago flag is designed for everyday use. Its lightweight nylon material ensures it will keep flapping, even if it’s not a windy day in the Windy City!
For humidity and heat, its nylon construction and high-quality print hold up nicely with quick-drying and heat-resistant capabilities. Hoist your American-made authentic Chicago flag onto your outdoor flagpole with ease with its sturdy canvas header with brass grommets. It’s available in a variety of sizes, but our most popular choice is 3' x 5'.
All Chicago flags are:
- Made in America
- Authentic design
- 100% nylon
- Canvas header
MORE ABOUT CHICAGO FLAG HISTORY AND DESIGN
The site that would become Chicago was settled by French explorer Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable in the 1780s; he’s commonly known as the “Founder of Chicago.” In the mid-1800s, Chicago rapidly grew from a tiny town to a bustling city, surviving the devastating 1871 Great Chicago Fire and becoming an even stronger manufacturing and agricultural hub as a result.
The Chicago flag itself was originally designed by Wallace Rice in 1917 with two stars, and the others were added in 1933 and 1939. Rice’s flag is packed with symbolism, from its blue and white stripes, to the four unique six-pointed stars.
The three white background “stripes” represent 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 river’s south branch and the “Great Canal” over the Chicago Portage.
The stars represent:
- Added in 1939: Commemorates Fort Dearborn, and its six points stand for political entities the Chicago region has belonged to and the flags that have flown over the area: France, 1693; Great Britain, 1763; Virginia, 1778; the Northwest Territory, 1789; Indiana Territory, 1802; and Illinois (territory, 1809, and state, since 1818).
- Original to the 1917 flag: This star stands for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Its six points represent the virtues of religion, education, aesthetics, justice, beneficence, and civic pride.
- Original to the 1917 flag: This star symbolizes the 1893 World’s Expo. Its six points symbolize transportation, labor, commerce, finance, populousness, and health.
- Added in 1933: This star represents the Century of Progress Exposition in 1933-34. Its points refer to: Chicago's status as the United States' second largest city at the time of the star’s addition (Chicago became third largest in a 1990 census when passed by Los Angeles); Chicago's Latin motto, Urbs in horto ("City in a garden"); Chicago's "I Will" motto; the Great Central Marketplace; Wonder City; and Convention City.