WGN Flag Co. – no relation – part of fabric of the city’s history

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CHICAGO -- 100 years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson officially declared today Flag Day.

It's about the same time a Chicago family business got off the ground  and hasn't stopped yet.

It was 1916 when a young entrepreneur first opened the doors to the WGN Flag and Decorating Company.

Described as a “carny man” of sorts always looking to make a buck William George Newbould had no idea what it could become.

WGN has remained in South Chicago supplying flags, poles and pole maintenance along with banners, signs and decorations for every major event in the city’s and the nation’s history.

In 1945, it was WGN Flag who decorated Marshall Fields for V-Day.

In 1959, when Queen Elizabeth made her historic visit to Chicago, WGN Flags decorated Navy Pier for her welcome.

The company has also been tasked  with bunting across the city for the deaths of Pope John Paul II and more recently Cardinal Francis George.

And for as much sadness they were a part of, there is also the celebration.  Probably this family’s most proud work hangs today inside the United Center: Championship banners.

More info at: http://www.wgnflag.com/xcart/

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