The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Calendar & Projects


Ongoing Initiatives

Plan of Chicago Limited Edition Fine Art Prints

Civic Artworks, LLC

Civic ArtWorks has faithfully reproduced Jules Guerin's remarkable and very influential renderings found within the Plan of Chicago. These 100 limited edition fine art giclee prints have been hand-numbered and are available at [MORE]

The Embrace Nature Campaign

The Elements Group

Primarily focused on the City of Chicago's Nature and Wildlife Plan, the campaign is a unique media outreach initiative consisting of inspiring and thought-provoking photographic images of diverse individuals and families experiencing the beauty of various natural and green spaces in Chicago. The hub of the campaign will be the Embrace Nature Chicago website. [MORE]

Project Nomad

The Elements Group

Inspired by the architecture of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his historic Farnsworth House, Project Nomad is a modern mobile nature and environmental learning center designed to be transported to and temporarily displayed in urban parks and open space areas.  Project Nomad contains resources and interactive features on nature, green living and sustainability, including information and materials of the Chicago Center for Green Technology, the Chicago Park District, the City of Chicago's Department of Environment and other Chicago-based nature-oriented museums and institutions. 

Litter Free Zone

Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation

The mission of the Litter Free Zone initiative is to improve the physical appearance of a targeted area within the Auburn Gresham community and raise the awareness of the benefits of recycling and litter prevention.  

Greenest Region Compact

Metropolitan Mayors Caucus

The Caucus will work with Mayors and communities throughout the region to adopt The Greenest Region Compact  - an initiative to voluntarily improve the region’s air, water and land, reduce greenhouse gases, minimize waste, and reduce energy consumption.  The Greenest Region Compact challenges local governments to take action within their own operations and practices, and to provide the tools and resources to enable residents to take action as well.

Building of the Chicago Lakefront Guidebook

Illinois State Geological Survey

This guidebook will describe how the Chicago lakefront was built, the role that the Burnham Plan played in the lakefront development and the coastal geology at Chicago that made the lakefront construction feasible. It will consider the coastal erosion that would have plagued Chicago if the lakefront were not engineered. The guidebook will also address the future geo-engineering challenges and opportunities along the lakefront. (Summer 2009) [MORE]

McHenry-Lake Connection

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

This project will connect the existing Moraine Hills State Park River Road Trail to Lake County’s Millennium Trail and is part of the northeastern Illinois regional trail system and the 500-mile Grand Illinois Trail. DNR has funding for Phase 2 engineering and construction for the project. This project will help achieve Burnham’s original vision to create an “outer…parkway circuit” around Chicago. [MORE]

On-line Water Calculator

Field Museum

This tool let users calculate their average daily household water consumption. The calculator will allow families to record their water consumption over a period of time and track trends in both indoor and outdoor categories. It will also contain tips for water conservation and links to other resources. Use this calculator and get a chance to win rain barrels, water bottles, and more. [MORE]

UNStudio Pavilion Construction

Burnham Pavilions

Click of the Day: Construction is underway on-site for the UNStudio Burnham Pavilion. Today's Click was taken by Brian Willette. Stay tuned for more images!

Thanks to our Official Steel Sponsor, ArcelorMittal. [MORE]

Zaha Hadid Architects Pavilion Construction

Burnham Pavilions

Click of the Day: Fabrication is underway on the Zaha Hadid Architects Burnham Pavilion. Today's Click was taken by Laura Friedlander. Stay tuned for more images!

Thanks to The Marmon Group and Marmon/Keystone Corporation, Aluminum Sponsor for the Zaha Hadid Architects Pavilion. [MORE]

One Book, One Chicago

Chicago Public Library

In celebration of Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett’s bold vision for our city and region, the Chicago Public Library has selected Carl Smith’s The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City for its award-winning program, One Book, One Chicago. One Book, One Chicago encourages all Chicagoans to read the same book at the same time, offering events, discussions, exhibits and more to enhance the experience. [MORE]

Daniel H. Burnham Photograph Albums

Art Institute of Chicago

Three family photograph albums have been added to the Art Institute's Ryerson & Burnham Libraries. In April 2008, Daniel H. Burnham family heirs gathered in the Libraries' Reading Room to donate some business papers and three photograph albums—important and fascinating additions to the Burnham archives that offer rare images of the private Burnham, with his wife, his children and his friends. The family also loaned two silver loving cups that had been given to Burnham; the loving cups are currently on display in the Franke Reading Room. [MORE]

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