This is the final piece in a five-part series about the history of the Chicago flag and its connections to Chicago drinking history.
If any element on our Chicago flag has caused more of a shake-up than any other, it has to be those pesky blue and white stripes. Fact: the white bands are meant to represent the three sides of the city: South, West, North.
But, wait. Ask anyone from Streeterville or the “East” side of the city, and you’‘ll get repeatedly squawked at about the unjust underrepresentation of their homeland. Fact: the two blue bands are clear insignia meant to pay tribute to the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Not so fast.