The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams


The Lakefront

Pier 02 [RTKL Chicago]

The most enduring images of the Plan of Chicago show the continuous park along the lakefront.  While almost complete (26 of 30 shoreline miles within the City of Chicago are public parks today), this magnificent series of locales where the city meets the lake remain significant inspirations for an enhanced public realm.

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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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Last Four Miles

Friends of the Parks

360 Degree City (Navy Pier)

RTKL Chicago

South Works Lakeside


Pier 02

RTKL Chicago

Northerly Island


The New Chicago South Coast

Booth Hansen

Tower Bridge

AECOM Design

41st Street Bridge

Cordogan Clark

35th Street Bridge


Bend it like Burnham

Elva Rubio/Gensler/UIC

Assembled Ecologies: Infrastructure ala Carte


Eco Bridge

Adrian Smith-Gordon Gill Architecture

Lincoln Park Extension

Ross Barney Architects

The Burnham Plan Centennial
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