Solution to the June Puzzler

For all of you who have been waiting with bated breath for the solution to this month’s Puzzler, here it is!

Your June Puzzler question was:


Flags (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

The Chicago Flag has four stars. What do the stars represent?

Our Chicago flag’s stars commemorate four significant places or events in the city’s history. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,

  •  The first star represents Fort Dearborn. It’s the first star, but the most recently added to the  flag, in 1939.
  • The second star stands for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and it has been on the flag since the original 1917 design.
  • The third  star symbolizes the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, and is also original to the flag.
  • The fourth star refers to the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933-4 and was added in 1933.

Does anyone remember the gaff in the movie, The Untouchables, which included a scene looking south on La Salle Street in the financial district lined with the four-starred Chicago flag? The only problem was that the story took place in the late 1920’s.  As we all now know, the fourth star could not  have appeared on the flag until 1933. And as we all now also know, the star for Fort Dearborn was not  added until 1939!

Of course, the extra credit question, “Which star was added last?” we  now know.  It was worth 25 points. Another question, a 15 pointer, was “Do the blue stripes mean anything? And if so, what do they stand for?” They represent Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

The last extra credit question was, “What does each point on each star represent?” OK, each point has been assigned a meaning, but it is really arcane stuff that I’m not going  to bother with. If you’re  that curious, look it up.

Congratulations to all who got the answers to the June Puzzler!

Thanks for entering,



About Chicago Stories

I'm a Chicagoan, have been for fifty years. I've had a consulting business in the city for thirty-eight years, working with many Chicago companies and organizations and others around the world. Before that, I worked the city's race relations agency for five years.I am a volunteer tour guide for Chicago's Greeter Program and introduce visitors from around the world to this beautiful city. I'm also a writer of several professional books as well as poetry, essays and fiction. The city has become my inspiration, education and entertainment. View all posts by Chicago Stories

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