Paseo Boricua

There’s much to be said about knowledge. With knowledge comes power, and with power comes the ability to make a difference. Humboldt Park has the potential to be so much more than it is and knowledge is the key.

Taking the time to educate ourselves about the neighborhood we love can go a long way in building the pride needed to make it what it can and should be: a multicultural neighborhood with the Puerto Rican culture at its

Let’s begin with the flag:

Created by Puerto Rican artist, John Vergara, the flag essentially makes Humboldt Park part of Puerto Rico. Paseo Boricua the first location outside the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to be granted the right to fly an official “Municipal Flag of Puerto Rico.

The symbolism of the flag connects Puerto Rico and its culture to the city of Chicago.

Red Color Background: Red represents The blood of those who fought and, for some, who died in the collective struggle to be recognized and treated as a human beings and as people.

Blue Color Background: The blue color background represents the efforts of the community to build tolerance and understanding between people of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds so that together we may develop a truly enriched and prosperous community.

White Color Background: The white color represents our desire that peace and unity rein among all the members of this dynamic community regardless of gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality and religion.

The Palm Trees: The palm trees represent the contribution people of the Caribbean have made and continue to make to the rich diversity in our community.

The Paseo Boricua Flag: The Puerto Rican flag that drapes the City of Chicago marks a geographic and symbolic space as the heart of the city’s Puerto Rican community.

The Shield: The shield represents the Spanish Fort in Viejo San Juan, El Morro, and the Spanish legacy, which together with the West African and Taino cultures from the roots of modern day Puerto Rican identity and culture.

Taino Indian and African: The taino Indians and African woman point toward their mutual destination and migration towards the Chicago skyline back-dropped against the historic Humboldt Park boathouse, a familiar landmark in our community.

  1. #1 by mgiaco on April 22, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    I love this flag and must have one–where can I get one?

    • #2 by John Vergara on April 27, 2011 - 11:46 pm

      contact me at ( to purchase flags.

    • #3 by john vergara on December 13, 2013 - 12:25 pm

      My new number is 773-739-3498 and my email is

  2. #4 by John Vergara on April 27, 2011 - 11:44 pm

    Hello, My name is John Vergara. I’m the creator of the (Humboldt Park Flag). I want to thank you for posting this site. It’s nice to see people recognizing me as an Artist, and someone who cares about my community. If anyone has a question about the flag, or where they can purchase one my e-mail is ( or you can call me at 773-494-2161. Thanks 🙂

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