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WGN Flag & Decorating Co.

Address

7984 S. South Chicago Ave.

Neighborhood

South Shore

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: Closed

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Completed

1928

Website

wgnflag.com

Description

Behind this Neo-Baroque storefront with its technicolor terra cotta and twisting columns is a century-old family-owned flag business. The store was founded in 1916. It stocks high-quality flags for Chicago, the United States and many other territories and institutions. The company also produces custom banners and bunting for all manner of notable events—including V-Day decorations for Marshall Field's, flags for Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Chicago in 1959 and all of the Bulls championship banners at the United Center. With production taking place in a cozy workshop just behind the store, WGN is one of the last companies to produce flags locally.

Behind the Scenes

See the store and workshop of one of Chicago’s last local flag companies—in business for 100 years.

 

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s partnership with the South Shore community is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company.

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