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Berwyn, Illinois (U.S.)

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[Berwyn, Illinois flag] image by Masao Okazaki, 20 October 2022

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Description of the flag

Although the City Clerk stated in a 2018 email that Berwyn does not have an official flag due to an unsuccessful contest for a new flag in 2012, the flag that became official with the 1972 contest is being used by the city. Therefore, unless the 1972 flag was made unofficial owing to the 2012 contest, it is still the official city flag.

2019 photos:
2020 photo:
2022 photo:
Masao Okazaki, 20 October 2022

Flag contest

City of Berwyn, Illinois has a city flag contest:

Entrants must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 or equivalent during the 2012-2013 school year. Entrant must live within the City of Berwyn.

Entries must be received at City Hall, 6700 W. 26th Street, Berwyn, IL 60402 addressed to Ruth Volbre no later than 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 9th 2013.

Subject Matter:
The design must be the artist's original creation and shall not be copied or duplicated from previously published art, including photographs, clip art or electronic graphic images. If a design is created using the computer, please include a digital copy. Photographs or photo manipulations will not be accepted.

Technical Requirements:
 The design is limited to six colors maximum.
 Black and white, if used, each count as a color.
 All colors must be flat and solid, with no shading, blending or halftones.
 There can be no colorless areas.
Shape and Size
 The design must fill the shape provided on Exhibit 1.
 No other shape or size may be used.
 Lettering is not required.
 The artist may arrange the lettering in any way.
 The artist's signature may not appear on the design.

Suitability for Reproduction:
The City of Berwyn reserves the right to alter the design if necessary. This includes redrawing, resetting type and changing colors.

Judging of the Contest:
A panel appointed by the Mayor will serve without compensation to judge the entries. Judging of the contest will take place with winners to be announced in a news release in and on the City website, by February 1, 2013.
Valentin Poposki, 28 November 2012

The flag contest was held in 2012 but failed ( When I asked about the contest, I was told by the city clerk that Berwyn does not have an official flag.
Masao Okazaki, 27 June 2019

Earlier flag

[Berwyn, Illinois flag] image located by Masao Okazaki, 25 June 2019

The Berwyn Historical Society's FB page posts a photo of a flag from 1972 which, according to the PDF file above, "was designed by Paul Renfus, an eighth grader at St. Odilo School, who won first place in a city-wide contest." The purpose of 2012 contest was to design "a new city flag."
Masao Okazaki, 25 June 2019


[City Seal] located by Paul Bassinson, 10 July 2019

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Paul Bassinson, 10 July 2019