The Chicago flag has 3 aspects by which it is defined: the white stripes, the blue stripes and the 4 red stars.

The 3 white stripes represent the north, west and south side neighborhoods that Chicago residents call home (as the east is Lake Michigan). The 2 blue stripes represent the water. The upper stripe represents Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago River, while the lower stripe represents the South Branch of the Chicago River and the Great Canal. The 4 red stars represent Fort Dearborn, the Chicago Fire, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933.

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