About Us

About Us

WGN Flag & Decorating Co. was started in 1916 by William George Newbould. Mr. Newbould purchased a flag from a street vendor, and sold it only a few minutes later for a profit. This sparked his idea to start a flag company here in Chicago, and we’ve been going strong ever since.

Through the years, WGN Flag has survived many wars, a Great Depression, and many changes throughout the country. One thing has not changed since our inception, however, and that is our dedication to quality and service. We have prided ourselves from the beginning at providing the best possible products at a fair price while still providing only the highest level of customer service.

We strongly believe that USA flags should be made only in the United States. There is no other country in the world that takes as much pride in its flag as we do, and it should only be produced by hard-working Americans who feel that pride. For almost 100 years, we have been assisting and listening to our customers, all of whom joyfully express this pride to us.

WGN Flag has been in the same family for all these years, and is now a 4th Generation family-owned company, now run by Carl “Gus” Porter III, great grandson of W.G. Newbould. It is our hope that he may pass it to his children some day and keep the legacy of this company alive for many years to come.

In addition to flags, signs, and banners, WGN Flag provides flagpole installation and maintenance/repair throughout the Chicagoland area. If you need a flag, flagpole, sign/banner, or flagpole service, feel free to call, fax, or email us with any questions or to request service.

Fly your flag with pride, and make sure to give thanks to all who fought and died to make our freedom possible!