The municipal flag of Chicago consists of two blue horizontal stripes on a field of white, each stripe one-sixth the height of the full flag, and placed slightly less than one-sixth of the way from the top or bottom, respectively. Between the two blue stripes are four red, six-pointed stars arranged in a horizontal row.
The three white stripes of the flag represent, from top to bottom, the North, West and South sides of the city. The top blue stripe represents Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago River. The bottom blue stripe represents the South Branch of the Chicago River and the Great Canal.
The four red six-pointed stars on the center white stripe, from left to right (although this is not the order in which they were added to the flag):
* The first star represents Fort Dearborn. It was added to the flag in 1939. Its six points symbolize transportation, labor, commerce, finance, populousness, and salubrity.
* The second star stands for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and is original to the 1917 design of the flag. Its six points represent the virtues of religion, education, aesthetics, justice, beneficence, and civic pride.
* The third star symbolizes the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, and is original to the 1917 design. Its six points stand for political entities Chicago has belonged to and the flags that have flown over the area: France 1693, Great Britain 1763, Virginia 1778, the Northwest Territory 1798, Indiana Territory 1802, and Illinois 1818.
* The fourth star represents the Century of Progress Exposition (1833-1933), and was added in 1933. Its points refer to bragging rights: the United States' 2nd Largest City (became 3rd largest in 1990 census when passed by L.A.), Chicago's Latin Motto (Urbs in horto - City in a garden), Chicago's "I Will" Motto, Great Central Marketplace, Wonder City, and Convention City.
We screen print these high quality t-shirts in house, right here in Chicago!
Please allow 7-10 business days for processing as stock varies daily.
Specialty sizes 2XL, 3XL, and 4XL may be delayed.
Fully double needle stitched
Available in sizes S-4XL.
We ship most of our products through with USPS
You can expect your order to arrive through USPS First Class mail or Priority mail.
We do everything we can to get your order out to you as quickly as possible and aim to ship you your product within 3 business days of you placing your order. However, many of our items are manufactured or printed at the time that an order is placed and we may require up to 10 business days to facilitate this process before we can ship your purchase.
If you are in need of an item quicker than this please contact us by email and we will see if there is anything we can do to make this a possibility
A note on footwear and certain other items:
Most of the footwear on TheAlleyChicago.com is shipped directly from the manufacturer.
These items will usually arrive shipped by UPS Ground services. These items will arrive seperately if you ordered additional items that are shipped from our standard location. Some other items are also shipped from the manufacturer and may arrive seperately from the rest of your order as well. These items are Band tshirts and other licensed memorablia.