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Illinois Flag

The Illinois flag is white with a seal in the center & the text “Illinois” below. The seal comprises a bald eagle, shield, & setting sun.
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The Illinois flag is white with a seal in the center & the text “Illinois” below. The seal comprises a bald eagle, shield, & setting sun.
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Represent your admiration for the Prairie State with this Illinois state flag. This authentic flag is manufactured in America from 100% nylon, a lightweight material that can fly even in mild winds. The Illinois flag’s design is digitally printed, creating vibrant colors that are UV-resistant. 

We carry the state flag of Illinois in sizes ranging from the tiny 12” x 18” to the gigantic 12’ x 18’, as well as the standard 3’ x 5’. Each flag is equipped with a durable canvas header and brass grommets, which makes for easy attachment to any of our outdoor flagpoles. For wall-mounted displays, we recommend using our bestselling 6’ tangle-free pole.


  • American-made
  • Authentic design
  • 100% nylon
  • Sewn edges
  • Canvas heading*
  • Brass grommets*

*For easy installation, our flags up to 8' x 12' have a header and grommets, and for added durability, larger flags come with a rope and galvanized thimbles.

Note: To help prolong your flag’s life, take it down during inclement weather and re-hem it if the ends become damaged. Read our blog post detailing flag care and best practices for more tips.

Are you interested in setting up a formal display in honor of Illinois? Consider creating an indoor display featuring our indoor Illinois flag, finished with gold fringe and a pole sleeve.


In 1914, a contest was held for proposed designs for the Illinois state flag. A woman named Lucy Derwent was the winner, and her design became the official state flag in 1915. In the 1960s, the flag was altered to include the state name below the seal. This was signed into law in 1969, and the new flag design went into use in 1970.

This flag features the Great Seal of Illinois, designed to resemble the United States Seal. It features the date when Illinois became a state - 1818. The date 1868 is also on the seal when the Great Seal was redesigned. The seal also features an eagle and the state’s motto: State Sovereignty, National Union. 


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Other Details

Capitol: Springfield
Flag Adopted: June 27, 1969
Entered Union: December 3, 1818
Motto: "State sovereignty, national union"
Nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State
Known For: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Chicago Sports
State Bird: Northern Cardinal
State Flower: Violet
State Mammal: White-Tailed Deer
Famous Illinoisans: Jack Benny, Raymond Chandler, Jennie Garth, Benny Goodman, Ronald Reagan, Ernest Hemingway, Patti Smith