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Civic Season

Civic Season | Flag Day

Sunday, June 12

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the US flag on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Join us at CHM for an afternoon of flag-related activities.

The event begins with author and Chicago Sun-Times editorial board member Lee Bey moderating a panel discussion with artists and historians on flags as symbols of freedom and unification, as well as Cook County’s new flag design. Activities include a chance to design your own banner, a display of items from our collection that have rallied people together, and giveaways from American Heritage Chocolate.

This event is FREE with Museum admission. Reservations are appreciated but not required. 



Lee Bey

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Lee Bey is a photographer, writer, and lecturer who documents and interprets the built environment—and the often complex political, social, and racial forces that shape spaces and places. A former Chicago Sun-Times architecture critic, he is also a senior lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and served as deputy chief of staff for urban planning under former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley. Bey’s photography has appeared in Chicago ArchitectOld-House JournalCITE, and in international design publications, including Bauwelt and Modulør. His writing on architecture and urban design has been featured in ArchitectChicago MagazineArchitectural Record, and many news outlets. Bey’s most recent publication is Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side (2019).



This event is the first of four in our Civic Season series, which includes Virtual Panel Talk: Voting Rights in Illinois and the United States, Juneteenth, and Independence Day. The Civic Series is presented in partnership with Made by Us and made possible thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate. 


Chicago History Museum visitors are no longer required to show proof of vaccination. While masks are recommended and appreciated, they are no longer required. Learn more about the Museum’s safety policies and procedures. 

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1:00–3:30 p.m.

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