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Our municipal typeface

A Picture of Big Shoulders Typeface

Big Shoulders is the Municipal Typeface for the City of Chicago. It is for use in headings, titles, banners, and posters. Setting type in all capitals is recommended.

Big Shoulders Display is for large format, environmental prints: signage, billboards, banners, etc. Big Shoulders Text is for all other display purposes.

Roboto and Lora are the City’s sans serif and serif body typefaces.

The next level up is to install the fonts on your own computer. The latest version will always be available on Google Fonts.


To put a Chicago Star in your typesetting, turn on discretionary ligatures in your app or CSS, and then type CHISTAR (in all caps). It’ll automatically replace with the star, sized correctly to fit the text.

Now, you can make ASCII art, or get tatooed with exactly the right Chicago Star.




If that didn’t work, these images show the difference betweeen turning ligatures on and off. In this case, in Figma.

Ligatures off, CHISTAR.

Ligatures on, our Chicago Star!

Here is an example Figma file. Note: you cannot turn on ligatures in Google Docs. :(