add a star to the Chicago Flag for the Olympics

Landing the 2016 Summer Olympics in Chicago would be a pretty big deal to say the least. This blog has been a strong supporter of Chicago’s bid. David Grossman had a great idea to add a fifth star to the Chicago flag and to rearrange the stars so they mimick the Olympic rings.

So I went ahead and created a graphic to show what it looks like. I did not change the position or size of the blue bars. The stars are the same size as they appear currently on the flag. Though I suppose the stars could be sized down a bit to give more breathing room.

In case you’re curious, the stripes, stars, and even each point on each star has symbolism:

star 1: FORT DEARBORN
transportation
labor
commerce
finance
populousness
salubrity

star 2: CHICAGO FIRE
religion
education
esthetics
justice
beneficence
civic pride

star 3: WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION
France 1693
Great Britain 1763
Virgina 1778
Northwest Territory 1798
Indiana Territory 1802
Illinois Statehood 1818

star 4: CENTURY OF PROGRESS EXPOSITION OF 1933
World’s 3rd Largest City
“Urbs in Horto”
“I Will”
Great Central Market
Wonder City
Convention City

star 5 (proposed by David Grossman and Erik Maldre): 2016 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
Track & Field
Gymnastics
Water Sports
Weightlifting
Wrestling
Cyclilng

top blue bar: LAKE MICHIGAN AND NORTH BRANCH OF CHICAGO RIVER

bottom blue bar: SOUTH BRANCH OF THE CHICAGO RIVER AND THE GREAT CANAL

The following is David Grossman’s post on the Chicago Tribune “Voice of the people” blog:

This is in response to “The heartland Olympics” (Editorial, March 6). Raising a lot of money to win the 2016 Olympic Games is nice, but let’s show the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee that we really care.

How about a fifth star on the city’s flag?

Two of the current stars represent the last two times that we invited the world to Chicago-the Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the Century of Progress in 1933. The stars could be arranged with three in a top row, with two off set, slightly beneath, symbolic of the Olympic rings.

If the Olympics like to leave a legacy, as we hear, this is one that goes beyond the ordinary bricks and mortar.

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Matt Maldre
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15 years ago

they gotta keep the stars in a line. To force all the stars into any Olympic pattern makes the other stars gain the Olympic attributes. The Chicago Fire, Worlds Expos, and Fort Dearborn have nothing to do with the Olympics.

But if we do get the Olympics, our flag SHOULD have the fifth star added, it’s only continuing the legacy of what’s already on our flag.

Matt Maldre
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15 years ago

Of course if we get the Olympics and add a start to our flag, people will get all pissy. But let me ask this question. When the United States of America added a new state, did we add a new star to the flag? Of course! So Chicago can also add a star to our flag.

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