The original Chicago seal
Urbs in Horto translates from Latin to "City in a Garden"
In my seal, I wanted to pay homage to Chicago's cultural diversity, vibrant musical traditions, distinctive artwork, world-class architecture, public lakefront and Native American origins. An engineered city, Chicago apparently was built on an onion marsh. Mayor Daley often expressed his dream of turning the polluted riverfront into a destination "with swans." He would be pleased to know that years later, the river is cleaner, and the riverfront is indeed a destination, minus swans. The rooster on a clam shell makes reference to the downtown Cloud Gate sculpture, as well as our longstanding tradition of electing contentious "king-like" mayors. Today, the city boasts gorgeous green spaces and a vibrant cultural life, aspiring to be a city in a garden.