Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Y-Symbol / Municipal Device..


The Y-symbol can be found all over the Chicago city... bridges, fences, public buildings.. It is officially know as the "Municipal Device" and is a symbol of civic pride..
So what's the Y-symbol?


So what is Y-symbol?
Y-Symbol represents the three branches of Chicago River .. which forms an alphabet Y topography at the "Wolf Point", where the main branch of the river, divides into the North and South branches .. The Y-symbol is the symbol of the City of Chicago..
Inverted Y-Symbol..
At some places, inverted Y-symbol can be seen, with vertical stripe on top .. It represents the reversal of the flow of Chicago River.
For more on "Wolf Point", click here..


# Y-symbol at Franklin Street bridge..


# Y-symbol at Chicago Cultural Center.. click here..


# Y-symbol [inverted] at City Hall-County Building.. click here..


# Y-symbol at Chicago Theater marquee .. click here..


# Y-symbol at the Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium.. click here..


# Y-symbol at Grant Park.. click here..


# Y-symbol at Harold Washington Library Center..


# Y-symbol [inverted] at [Former] Engine Company 104.. click here..


# Y-symbol on LaSalle Street bridge.. click here..


# Y-symbol at Millennium Park [light-fixtures]..


# Y-symbol at Millennium Park [Wrigley Square]..


# Y-symbol at the Rookery..


# Y-symbol at Riverwalk Gateway..

Y-symbol at Navy Pier..

NOTE..
The initial post was written last year on Feb 10, 2010. But I have made many new additions since then. So reposted..

RELATED LINKS..
# Y-symbol at Chicago Cultural Center..
# Y-symbol [inverted] at City Hall-County Building..
# Y-symbol at Chicago Theater marquee
# Y-symbol at the Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium..
# Y-symbol at Grant Park..
# Y-symbol [inverted] at [Former] Engine Company 104..
# Y-symbol at Harold Washington Library Center..
# Y-symbol on LaSalle Street bridge..
# Y-symbol at Franklin Street bridge..
# Y-symbol at Millennium Park [light-fixtures]..
# Y-symbol at Millennium Park [Wrigley Square]..
# Y-symbol at the Rookery..
# Y-symbol at Riverwalk Gateway..

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting!
The first two photos are very well put together.

Ann said...

I had no idea! Thank you!

Jyoti said...

Ann - Thanks for your regular visits.

adgorn said...

The Y symbol is officially know as the "Municipal Device." See the library's info at:
http://www.chipublib.org/cplbooksmovies/cplarchive/symbols/munidevice.php

Forgotten Chicago did an extensive piece at:
http://forgottenchicago.com/features/chicago-signs/the-municipal-device/

Here's a flickr entry:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/chicagoy/

Alan

Jyoti said...

Thanks adgorn,
I really appreciate your taking out time to write all the information. I enjoyed going through them.

alex said...

Great post! I never wondered this could have meaning in our first Chicago dating experience.

Dees Stribling said...

Good post! Chicago continues to surprise. I've lived in this area a good many years, and never knew that.

Jyoti said...

@ Dees -
Thanks for writing!
Chicago is indeed fascinating.

Frank Zweegers said...

Never paid much attention to this, but now that I know it, I see it everywhere :p

Jyoti said...

@ Frank - Me too.
Exactly the same experience..

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