The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams



Eco-Scrapers [Florian Architects]

In 1909, the highest building in Chicago was almost two decades old – Burnham & Root’s 302-foot tall, 22-story Masonic Temple. The Plan of Chicago is often interpreted as antithetical to tall buildings – since most of the city was rendered at a constant height of seventeen stories. The intent of this was rhetorical rather than practical – and Chicago continues to design proud and soaring towers.

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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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Florian Architects



111 West Wacker Drive



Studio Gang

Hotel Cool Chicago

Booth Hansen

Clean Tech Tower

Adrian Smith-Gordon Gill Architecture

Linear Corridor Park

Burnham 100x100

The Burnham Plan Centennial
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