The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

About the Centennial

Centennial Committee and Staff

The Burnham Plan Centennial Committee was convened in late 2006 following several years of planning by a group known as the Plan of Chicago Initiative. The Committee is composed of business and civic leaders. Staff support is provided by Chicago Metropolis 2020 with initial funding from the Chicago Community Trust.The Committee will:

  • Facilitate planning and information sharing among partners.

  • Identify opportunities for “packaging” activities to encourage collaboration, foster regional connections and avoid duplicative efforts.

  • Coordinate the communications and marketing strategy for the Centennial.

  • Provide leadership for coordination, marketing and a few key initiatives.

Honorary Chair

Mayor Richard M. Daley


John Bryan, Former CEO, Sara Lee Corporation

George A. Ranney, President, Chicago Metropolis 2020

Vice Chair

Adele Simmons, Senior Executive & Vice Chair, Chicago Metropolis 2020


Susan S. Aaron
Civic Program Design
Chaddick Institute,
DePaul University

James L. Alexander
Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust

Suzette Bulley
Chicago Associate Board President’s Council

A. Steve Crown
General Partner
Henry Crown & Company

Nora Daley Conroy
Director of Outreach
Chicago Metropolis 2020

Richard Driehaus
Driehaus Capital Management, LLC

Philip Enquist
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Jack Greenberg
Retired CEO
McDonald’s Corporation

Cheryle Jackson
Chicago Urban League

Donna La Pietra
Executive Producer & Founder
Kurtis Productions

Donald G. Lubin
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP

Sylvia Manning
Higher Learning Commission

R. Eden Martin, Esq.
The Civic Committee of
The Commercial Club of Chicago

Terry Mazany
President & CEO
The Chicago Community Trust

Clare Muñana
President & CEO
Ancora Associates, Inc.
Vice-President, Chicago Board of Education

William Osborn
Chairman & CEO
The Northern Trust Company

Silvia Rivera
General Manager
Radio Arte, an initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art

John Rowe
Chairman, President & CEO
Exelon Corporation

Mike L. Scudder
President & CEO
First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.

Don Turner
President Emeritus
Chicago Federation of Labor

Arthur Velasquez
Chairman, President & CEO
Azteca Foods, Inc.

Christine Williams
Goodman Williams Group


Sandi Carter
Administrative Assistant

Emily J. Harris
Executive Director

Natalie Jacobs
Communications Intern

Harriett McGee
Administrative Assistant

Caroline O'Boyle
Manager of Education Programs

Paul O’Connor
Director of Marketing and Communications

Erin E. Roberts
Development Program Director

Laurie B. Scott, AICP
Program Director

Mary Stedman
Program Associate

Plan of Chicago: Plate 87 (detail)

A Festival of Events

The 1909 Plan of Chicago defined a broad region for action: from Kenosha, Wisconsin on the north; to DeKalb, Illinois on the west; to Michigan City, Indiana on the south. The Centennial combined the programs, plans and green legacy projects of hundreds of partners throughout this region during 2009.

Featured Programs

arrow Burnham Pavilions

arrow Make Big Plans Exhibit

arrow Green Legacy Projects

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