The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams


Big Plans

Grafted Crystaline Mesh [Dirk Denison Architects]

Chicago is considerably more developed in 2009 than a century ago, but some architects – like Burnham in 1909 – are radically rethinking the city in its entirety. They offer much to contemplate as we consider what kind of place Chicago will be five generations in the future. Bigger. Bolder. More visionary. These proposals suggest that Daniel Burnham’s vision of big plans and bold dreams will still inspire our best and brightest designers during the bicentennial of the Plan of Chicago.

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Big. Bold. Visionary. Chicago Considers the Next Century.

Friday, September 4 – Sunday, October 4, 2009

Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago did more than provide a vision for Chicago in the 20th century. It established a precedent of dreaming big and thinking boldly that every generation of Chicagoans since has firmly embraced. This exhibition taps current Chicago architects, planners, and landscape architects for their visions of the city and region in the 21st century and beyond. [MORE]

Chicago Tourism Center Gallery
72 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

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The Chicago Grid


Grafted Crystalline Mesh

Dirk Denison Architects

2016 (and beyond)

Tigerman McCurry

Chicago 1000011101

Valerio Dewalt Train

Digital Burnham


Growing Water


Gary Green Link


Downtown Joliet

VOA Associates

The Burnham Plan Centennial
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