Table of Contents
Chicago: Choices and Changes contains five lessons. Each lesson is divided into activities for five class sessions. The lessons include activities for classroom teachers and provide suggestions for extending the learning with librarians, art teachers and families. The lessons are:
- Chicago: A History of Choices and Changes. Students read about du Sable and Burnham, and begin to make connections between historical choices and current conditions.
- Your Community Today. Students examine community assets.
- Plan Progress for Your Community. Students read about how communities change and consider ways to improve their own community.
- The City Today. Students think about important city infrastructure and ask others for their ideas about how to make improvements.
- Bold Plans. Big Dreams. Students make their own Bold Plans and Big Dreams for the City and communicate them in a letter to the Mayor.
- Appendix. Includes bibliographies, a map of Chicago Community Areas, photographs to accompany the lesson plans and a series of "Chicago Then and Now" images.
Learn about the Plan—the conditions that prompted it, the major recommendations, its implementation and its legacy in this highly illustrated booklet available for download or on-line viewing.
The online Encyclopedia of Chicago has a wealth of information including a fully digitized copy of the Burnham Plan.
Explore Daniel Burnham’s vision of an ideal city with an interactive map of the World’s Fair of 1893.
Think you know Chicago and the 'burbs? Play this online game that challenges your knowledge of the Chicago region.