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4.9 | Fifth Star Challenge

The Chicago flag is well-known for its design with the iconic four red stars, which represent Fort Dearborn, the Great Chicago Fire, the 1893 world’s fair, and the 1933 world’s fair. Since many things have happened in Chicago since 1933, some people have championed the idea to add a fifth star to the flag.

In this activity, kids get to decide what they think a fifth star on the Chicago flag would represent. Ask them to write or draw an explanation for their choice. Share about your fifth star on social media using the hashtag #CHMatHomeFamilies.


The Chicago History Museum is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. As a major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. 

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago Stories