The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Chicago History Magazine

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum dedicates the Spring 2010 issue of Chicago History magazine to the making and impact of the Burnham Plan. Article subjects include the geometry of the Plan, the inclusion/exclusion of islands and the contributions of civic leader Sen. Charles B. Farwell.  The Magazine will be published May 1, 2010. [MORE]

Plan of Chicago Centennial Edition

Great Books Foundation

The Centennial Edition of the Plan of Chicago is a high quality, yet affordable reprint of the 1909 Plan of Chicago by Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett that enables residents throughout the region (and beyond) to access, study and learn from this important work, and better understand its profound impact on our region and on the modern profession of urban planning. [MORE]

Plans of Chicago

Architects Research Foundation

This illustrated book takes the Burnham and Bennett plan as a primary point of departure for a new regional planning approach. Comparison with other historical urban-improvement plans for Chicago, including proposals by Frank Lloyd Wright, Jens Jensen, Walter Burley Griffin, and Ludwig Hilberseimer, identifies complementary strengths and common shortcomings. These conclusions inform a regional plan that recognizes and relates the city’s distinct parts and can be implemented gradually.

Burnham Books

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Press is the proud publisher of Carl Smith's acclaimed Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, the choice for this Fall's One Book, One Chicago program sponsored by the Chicago Public Library. [MORE]

Outdoor Illinois Magazine, June 2009 Issue

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The monthly publication will produce an article on the Plan of Chicago which mapped out a regional "emerald necklace" of forest preserves for Northeastern Illinois, the essence of which continues to guide planners.  It also features a story on Wolf Lake Prairie, just 15 miles from the Chicago look and touted as one of the largest and best-quality black-soil prairies east of the Mississippi River. [MORE]

Chicago Wilderness Magazine: Special Burnham Edition

Chicago Wilderness

The Summer 2009 issue of Chicago Wilderness magazine features the Burnham Plan and its important connection to biodiversity conservation, and its enduring legacy to preserve the local nature which is so critical to our quality of life. [MORE]

Daniel H. Burnham: The Man, The Plan, The Legacy

City of Chicago

This map/brochure, produced for the Centennial by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, includes improvements proposed in the Plan of Chicago, buildings designed by Burnham and successor firms, select buildings that reflect the principles of the Burnham Plan as well as civic and transportation improvements and lakefront parks that are representative of the City Beautiful Movement. [MORE]

The Plan of Chicago @ 100

Drawing on its international membership, the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International (LAI) will publish a book of 15 essays on the Plan of Chicago in April 2009. The book includes photos taken by students from schools throughout the Chicago region who participated in The Fairchild Challenge photo and essay contest, an environmental competition sponsored annually by the Chicago Botanic Garden. LAI, in cooperation with The Fairchild Challenge, the Burnham Plan Centennial, and Chicago Metro 2020 sponsored The Burnham Experience. [MORE]

Beyond Burnham: An Illustrated History of Planning for the Chicago Region

Lake Forest College

In this 192-page book published by Lake Forest College Press, Joseph P. Schwieterman–director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University–and Alan P. Mammoser–a Chicago-based writer and regional planner–provide a fascinating account of a century of visionary planning for metropolitan Chicago. [MORE]

Millennium Park: Bold Planners. Big Dreamers. You.

Burnham Plan Centennial Committee

This do-it-yourself field trip guide to Millennium Park contains nine hands-on activities for elementary students with an emphasis on the city infrastructure. Features include the park’s history, maps and attractions, including Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), Pritzker Pavilion, the Lurie Garden, Crown Fountain and the underground train station. Millennium Park provides a lively, modern illustration of many of the themes of the Plan of Chicago— the importance of open space, transportation infrastructure and architectural integrity. [MORE]

Educators Resource Guide - The Burnham Plan Centennial: Bold Plans. Big Dreams

The Bold Plans Big Dreams Educators Resource Guide is a collection of resources that facilitates incorporating the study of metropolitan Chicago into daily teaching. The guide includes clickable links to and PDFs of lessons, activities and multiple educational resources as well as images presented in PowerPoint format and as digital files.

Burnham’s Plan of Chicago provides many points of entry for studying a variety of topics across a variety of academic disciplines. The major themes covered by the study of Burnham’s Plan include: [MORE]

Creating Tomorrow's Green Region

Burnham Plan Centennial Committee

In celebration of the 21 Green Legacy Projects and their successes throughout the year, the Burnham Plan Centennial published Creating Tomorrow's Green Region. This booklet, released at the November 5, 2009  Our Green Metropolis: The Next 100 Years program, showcases the projects, explains the progress made this year, and highlights the next steps needed to preserve, protect and expand the region's green infrastructure. To download the booklet click here. [MORE]

Our Region Our Future

Burnham Plan Centennial Committee

In order to examine the centennial year and explore opportunities to build on its momentum, the Burnham Plan Centennial produced Our Region. Our Future. This booklet, released at the December 8, 2009 final meeting of the program partners, offers images from the centennial's more than 1,000 program partner events and gives ideas on how to continue taking steps toward a better future for all.  To download the booklet click here. [MORE]

The Plan of Chicago: A Regional Legacy

Burnham Plan Centennial Committee

Learn about the Plan of Chicago — the conditions that prompted it, the major recommendations, its implementation and its legacy in this highly illustrated booklet available for download or on-line viewing [MORE]

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