Flag of Chicago
Adopted 1939
Designed by (Wallace Rice, based on 1917 design by Wallace Rice)
Proportions (unknown)

The flag of Chicago, Illinois, consists of a white background with two equal light blue horizontal stripes, each stripe taking up one-sixth of the flag design. In between the two blue stripes are four red six-pointed stars, each placed equal distances from each other. The design of the flag is symmetrical, vertically and horizontally.[1]


The red, white, and blue, represent the United States. The white background also appears on the flag of Illinois. The two blue stripes represent the two main bodies of water by Chicago; the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The stars, from left to right represent, according to the Chicago Municipal Code 1-80-030,

Fort Dearborn; The Great Chicago Fire of October 8-10, 1871; The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893; The Century of Progress of 1933.

Flag History



  1. Municipal Flag of the City of Chicago at the Eastland Memorial Society website