Which city has the best flag: Washington D.C. or Chicago? | The Tylt
When people rate the best city flags, Chicago and Washington, D.C. regularly make the list. The study of flags is called vexillology, and both D.C. and Chicago's flags meet the North American Vexillological Association's criteria for truly great flags: simple, meaningful, and distinctive. Chicago and D.C. flaunt their flags prominently, and their denizens regularly sport shirts, hats, and even tattoos of their city flag—but which one do you think is better?
Which city has the best flag: Washington D.C. or Chicago?
Designed in 1917, Chicago’s flag was intended to be a timeline of the city. The white stripes stand for the North, West, and South Sides of the city, and the blue stand for Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Each star represents a pivotal point in Chicago’s history, and a fifth star has been proposed several times, including one for a Cubs World Series win.
D.C.'s flag is based on the design of George Washington's family coat-of-arms, which dates back to twelfth-century Britain. In a 2004 survey, the D.C. flag was ranked number one out of 150 city flags (Chicago came in second). It has been used as a symbol of the city's campaign for statehood.
There's an entire Twitter account devoted to Chicago flag tattoos.
There are so many Chicago flag tattoos that one tattoo artist actually wrote up a guide for the flag, to make sure tattoos were as accurate as possible.
And there's so many D.C. tattoos that some people are over them.
The DC flag tattoo is officially basic— Harry Hagerty (@HarryEHag) September 4, 2016
The iconic D.C. flag design is on merch if you're not ready to fully commit to ink.
There's even a D.C. flag day!
There's an entire Facebook page just devoted to the Chicago flag.
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