The flag of Chicago has broad blue stripes and four
six-pointed stars. Originally the flag had two stars when it
was adopted in 1917. The white stripes represent the
North, West and South sides of the city. The two blue
stripes represent the two branches of the Chicago River.
The symbolism of the stars is complex. Here is how it is
The first red star represents Fort Dearborn (added in
The points of the first red stars signify:
The second red star represents the Great Chicago Fire
of October 8-10, 1871.
The points of the second red star signify:
The third red star represents the World's Columbian Exposition
The points of the third red star signify history of the area:
The fourth red star represents the Century of Progress
of 1933 (added in 1933).
The points of the fourth red star signify: