Posts tagged municipal device

The Wacker and Birk Brewing Co, 1894, Chicago.

Yes, that Wacker family…

Nice use of the city’s municipal device on the shield.

Chicago History Museum Archives

The Wacker and Birk Brewing Co, 1894, Chicago.

Yes, that Wacker family…

Nice use of the city’s municipal device on the shield.

Chicago History Museum Archives

Nice use of the city’s municipal device (the Y representing the 3 branches of the river) on a poster promoting one of Mayor Byrne’s many failed attempts to revitalize the Loop in the early 1980s.

Nice use of the city’s municipal device (the Y representing the 3 branches of the river) on a poster promoting one of Mayor Byrne’s many failed attempts to revitalize the Loop in the early 1980s.

State Street (at Monroe) decorated for the Columbian Exposition Dedication, 1893, Chicago.
Notice the nice use of our municipal device, the y shape representing the 3 branches of the Chicago River.

State Street (at Monroe) decorated for the Columbian Exposition Dedication, 1893, Chicago.

Notice the nice use of our municipal device, the y shape representing the 3 branches of the Chicago River.

Decorative arch over an unknown street (probably S Michigan Ave or 63rd St, since it was during the Columbian Exposition) 1893, Chicago.
Notice the nice use of the Y, the municipal device of Chicago, representing the main, north and south branches of the Chicago River.

Decorative arch over an unknown street (probably S Michigan Ave or 63rd St, since it was during the Columbian Exposition) 1893, Chicago.

Notice the nice use of the Y, the municipal device of Chicago, representing the main, north and south branches of the Chicago River.

200 W Adams (built 1893), photographed in 1963 right before demolition. Notice the Municipal Device (the upside down Y, representing the 3 branches of the river) incorporated into the architectural details.

200 W Adams (built 1893), photographed in 1963 right before demolition. Notice the Municipal Device (the upside down Y, representing the 3 branches of the river) incorporated into the architectural details.

Wilson Beach, 1913, Uptown, Chicago.
Notice the city’s motto, “I Will” with the Municipal Device, representing the 3 branches of the Chicago River in the top right corner.

Wilson Beach, 1913, Uptown, Chicago.

Notice the city’s motto, “I Will” with the Municipal Device, representing the 3 branches of the Chicago River in the top right corner.

Yesterday, while walking around downtown, I was reminded of a long forgotten symbol of Chicago…the Circle Y. If you look at vintage buildings or old, existing structures like bridges or lamp posts, you’ll see it EVERYWHERE. Called a municipal device, the Y represents the intersection of the Chicago river and it’s north and south branches: the birthplace of the city …Keep your eyes peeled and suddenly you’ll them all over the place!