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Drinking Up The Chicago Flag: Stripes

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

Liz Flag Beer

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.

Drinking Up The Chicago Flag: Star 4

Monday, February 23, 2015 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

Liz Flag Beer

This is the fourth piece in a five-part series about the history of the Chicago flag and its connections to Chicago drinking history.
 
Prohibition. It’s a topic that seems to fascinate every local as it does visiting tourists. There is an almost mysterious and romanticized image of Prohibition that has been fostered by the media and filmmakers. For historians, it’s an interesting point of discussion because many facts seem to be jaded by fiction. And in Chicago, this is particularly true.  
 

Drinking Up The Chicago Flag: Star 3

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

Liz Flag Beer

This is the third piece in a five-part series about the history of the Chicago flag and its connections to Chicago drinking history.

If you tell someone that you haven't read "Devil In The White City," most people would tell you your Chicago card might get taken away. While the book is a fun read for history enthusiasts wanting a bit of drama, it did one incredibly important thing for Chicago history: it brought back the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition. While the Great Fire destroyed our young growing city, it was the World's Fair that allowed us to rise from the ashes and strive for greatness. 

Drinking Up the Chicago Flag: Star 2

Monday, February 9, 2015 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

Liz Flag Beer

This is the second piece in a five-part series about the history of the Chicago flag and its connections to Chicago drinking history. Read Part 1 here.

It’s no secret that Chicago is quickly becoming a key player in the rapidly growing brewing industry. But this certainly isn’t our first time at the beer rodeo. As important as railroads and stockyards were to our city, so was beer. Chicago is, in fact, a city built on beer and it was a thriving beer town before the Great Fire of 1871 devastated both the city and the local brewing scene.

Drinking Up the Chicago Flag: Star 1

Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

Liz Flag Beer
  
Whether you’re a born and bred Chicagoan or a transplant who has embraced this great city as your home, one thing connects us all: our flag.

This iconic symbol of our city has been displayed in public and private spaces in its current form since 1939; a version of it was first approved in 1917. It’s seen in places you would imagine and in places you might think unimaginable. Journalist Elliott Ramos reported on the symbolic importance of the flag for WBEZ; author Robert Loerzel wrote a piece for Chicago Magazine about how our flag — and our undying love for it — compares (or doesn’t) to other cities.  
 

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