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100th Anniversary of the Chicago Flag

Waving atop building entrances, emblazoned on t-shirts, coffee mugs, water bottles and bumper stickers, and more tattoos than we can count, there is nary a day that goes by without seeing the iconic red, white, and blue of the Chicago flag. But how many of us really know the meanings behind its stars and stripes?

Join us to toast the 100th anniversary of this great Chicago symbol and discover how the flag got its stripes. Hear one of our expert historians tell the story of its origins and see rare artifacts, including a 1947 Chicago flag carried on the first round-the-world commercial passenger flight of the Pan American Clipper, images of early versions of the flag, and clippings from the flag designer Wallace Rice’s notebook. Enjoy the sounds of Chicago artists spun by Groove is in the Heart.

Are you sporting a Chicago flag tattoo? Show us your permanent ink and receive two complimentary VIP tickets for a return visit to the Museum.

Want a Chicago flag tattoo? Artists will be on hand to create complimentary temporary tattoos. Not eligible for complimentary VIP tickets. 

Guests are encouraged to RSVP: The first 100 guests to register will receive a drink ticket for a Revolution Brewing beer (21+), or a soft drink. Register here.

Membership Discount: The Museum is offering a 20 percent discount on all levels of membership as a special flag promotion to visitors who sign up on-site as new members.

The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of Revolution Brewing.

The Details



4 th

6:00–7:30 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614

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