City Flags – Chicago

Image of the Chicago city flag.

The flag of Chicago (above) has been the official city flag since 1917. The flag displays two blue horizontal stripes on a white background. Between the two stripes are four red, six pointed stars also aligned horizontally. The stripes symbolize the geographical features of the city. The top blue stripe represents Lake Michigan, and the bottom blue stripe represents the Chicago River. The stars represent major historical events (one being the Great Chicago Fire), while the points on the stars represent Chicago’s concepts and values. The original flag in 1917 did not have four stars – additional stars were added to the flag in 1933 and 1939. The North American Vexillogical Association ranked Chicago as having the second best city flag in the United States (only behind the Washington D.C. city flag).

Chicago takes knowing your city flag to a whole new level. The Chicago city flag can be found everywhere in the city. Some people have actually tattooed the flag on their body. There is also a website fully dedicated to displaying pictures of Chicago flag tattoos.

About the city of Chicago:

The “Windy City” or “Chi-Town” is the largest city in the state of Illinois and the third largest city in the United States. With nearly 3 million residents, it is the largest major city in the Midwest. Chicago has always been a progressive, fast moving city. The city is an international hub for finance, technology, industry and commerce. The city’s centralized location also allows it to be one of the leaders in transportation. Carrying an average of 15 million residents per year, O’Hare airport has been rated as one of the busiest airports in the world.

Chicago Fun Facts:

  • Chicago is home to current United States president, Barack Obama.
  • The world’s first skyscraper was built here in 1885.
  • The Chicago River is actually the only river in the world that flows backwards.
  • Until 2014, Chicago was home to the tallest building in the Western hemisphere (Willis Tower). Willis Tower has been surpassed by the One World Trade Center tower in New York City.
  • Chicago is a major sports city as it is home to five major professional sports teams – the Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, and Blackhawks.
    • Only New York City has more major professional sports teams with 9.

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