The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

About the Centennial

Fifth Graders Create Living Map in Celebration of the Burnham Plan Centennial

Burnham 100 Bulletin
Bold Plans Big Dreams
July 15, 2009

As you are settling into the pace of summer, immerse yourself in one of an array of Centennial tours planned for the coming months by Program Partners. Whether a leisurely walk through downtown Chicago, a bike trek along the boulevards or a bus tour through the parks you'll be inspired by the many lasting legacies of the Plan of Chicago. For information on all tours happening throughout the centennial, click here.

For all the other Burnham things to do click here.

Daniel Burnham: Architect, Planner, Leader
Weekly through October: 1:30-3:30 pm
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Departs from 224 South Michigan Avenue

This walking tour, created specially for the Burnham Plan Centennial, will take you through the city to learn first-hand the impact Daniel Burnham had on Chicago architecture and urban planning. [MORE]

Talks with the Team
July 22, August 5, August 19, September 2: 5:30 pm
Meet at Millennium Park, South Chase Promenade

If you have seen the UNStudio's Burnham Pavilion then you have witnessed its beauty and complexity, but do you know how it became a reality? Join experts for "Talks with the Team" for an insider's view of the story behind creating this stunning piece of public art. [MORE]

Discovering Burnham in Chicago's Parks
August 1, September 26: 10:00 am
Chicago Park District
Departs from Upper Randolph, south of Stetson

Discover how Chicago's parks influenced Daniel H. Burnham, and how Burnham influenced Chicago's parks. Park historian Julia S. Bachrach will guide this tour which reveals examples of Burnham's works spanning a period of more than thirty years. [MORE]

The Legacy of Daniel Burnham, Architect and City Planner
August 7 - 9 in Chicago
Society of Architectural Historians

Embark on this three-day study tour of Chicago that offers insight into Burnham's architectural practice, philosophy, and influence through a close-up examination of buildings designed by his firm and those of his partners, collaborators, and successors Tours, lectures and special evening events will make this a weekend to remember. [MORE]

Make Big Plans: Burnham Plan Centennial
August 8, September 12: 10:00 am-2:30 pm
City of Chicago
Meet at 78 E. Washington Street

Spend the day on a City of Chicago Neighborhood Tours exploring the history of the Plan of Chicago and experiencing its influence on special parts of the City we know and love. [MORE]

Bike Burnham's Dream
September 13: 7:00 am-5:00 pm
Active Transportation Alliance
Departs along Midway Plaisance

Ride along Chicago's grand boulevards, lush parks and historic neighborhoods and explore the treasures of Chicago's vivid history on bike in the 21st annual Boulevard Lakefront Tour. Choose from 15, 27, 35 or 62-miles routes that immerse you in Chicago's stories and culture. [MORE]

Stay Connected!

As things start to speed up this summer, be sure to keep up with all of the incredible things happening. To keep up to date and connect with us and others who share our vision, check our website often. You can also sign up for e-news and e-postcards by clicking here.

Other ways to get involved:

  • Become friends with Daniel H. Burnham on Facebook
  • Follow Burnham100 on Twitter

Join in on the Centennial conversation and help stir our diverse community to action on a grand scale -building the best possible quality of life for all.

Invent the Future
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's GO TO 2040 campaign is providing multiple opportunities for public input about the priorities, policies and investments for the region's future. Visit "Invent the Future" where you can:


  • Use CMAP's MetroQuest GO TO 2040 web tools to create your own growth scenarios
  • Attend one of 50 GO TO 2040 "Invent the Future" workshops
  • Visit one of the interactive GO TO 2040 kiosks

The Burnham Blog
New perspective, new ideas and new opinions. Urban planning touches every part of our lives, so join the conversation with Patrick T. Reardon and The Burnham Blog.

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