The Chicago Flag, star by star, bar by bar. PART I.

Posted on January 31, 2015 by Phillip Thompson | 0 comments

This is the first sketch that will be part of a new project: Chicago Flag by the stories it represents. Here’s the first star. Eventually it’ll all be put together into a full Chicago flag.

I’m working on this with Liz Garibay, pub historian and founder of History on Tap, a company providing tours and education on Chicago bars and drinking history. She wrote a great piece about Fort Dearborn, hosted over at the “Choose Chicago” blog. You can join Liz and other historians at the Red Lion Pub on Monday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. for a free conversation about Stars 1 and 2 on the Chicago flag.

Here’s a teaser of Liz’s piece. For the rest, visit Choose Chicago.

STAR 1: FORT DEARBORN

Before we were a city named Chicago, we were a land inhabited by a variety of Native American tribes living in Chekagou. They lived off the land and fur trading was the mainstay of their economy. After the Treaty of Granville of 1795 (an “agreement” in which Native Americans gave the United States an enormous amount of land), the newly established government acquired the area now located at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. MORE


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