The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams


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Chicago Riverwalk [SOM]

One enduring, yet unrealized, vision of the Plan of Chicago was the Civic Center. It was proposed for the location of today’s interchange between the Kennedy, Eisenhower, and Dan Ryan Expressways. Today’s architects, planners, and landscape architects are conceiving public spaces in new and exciting ways – places that combine many aspects of urban needs and pleasures while blurring the distinctions between previous categories.

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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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David Woodhouse Architects

Industrial Retrofit

Burnham 100x100

Transcending Type

Studio Gang

Circle Square

Wilkinson Blender

10 (-9)

Brian Vitale+Robert Benson

Burnham Memorial

Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge

Burnham Memorial

John Ronan Architects

Burnham Memorial

David Woodhouse Architects

Burnham Memorial

Hoerr Schaudt


Gensler+4240 Architecture

Chicago Riverwalk


The Burnham Plan Centennial
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