The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Great Chicago Places and Spaces Festival

  Great Chicago Places and Spaces Festival

Chicago opens its doors during 11th annual Great Chicago Places and Spaces (GCPS) on May 16, 2009. For one day, the City of Chicago collaborates with architects, designers and community leaders on more than 100 free tours. The event, a program of the Mayor's Office of Special Events, was created to reflect Chicago's great architectural heritage as well as showcase "off limits" places and spaces.

New this year and in celebration of the 100th year of the Daniel H. Burnham Plan of Chicago, GCPS will offer Bold Plans Big Dreams Community Showcase Tours, in partnership with the Burnham Plan Centennial with generous contributions from the Boeing Company and LISC/Chicago. These tours are designed to introduce new audiences to the unique stories and bold plans underway for the future of six Chicago's d neighborhoods:

ALBANY PARK: Chicago's Gateway to the World: A legacy of culture, nature and movement on Chicago's Northwest side. HOSTED BY: North River Commission

AUBURN GRESHAM: Rebuilding a Classic Chicago Community: Using our people and assets to make a great place great again! HOSTED BY: Greater Auburn-Gresham

PILSEN Discover Pilsen: Healthy, vibrant and organized!; HOSTED BY: The Resurrection Project

QUAD COMMUNITIES From Civil War to Civil Rights and Beyond: Come experience the second urban renaissance in the capital of Black America. HOSTED BY: Quad Communities Development Corporation and BronzevilleVisitor Information Center

SOUTH CHICAGO From Pollution to Solution: ‘LEEDing’the way in the Midwest! HOSTED BY: Claretian Associates

WEST RIDGE Gateway to India in Chicago: Explore dynamic diversity and global connections on Devon Avenue. HOSTED BY: Indo-American Heritage Museum

For more information about the 100+ tours, visit

To view feature in Time Out Chicago, visit:


Program Partners

City of Chicago

The City of Chicago, Mayor's Office, Mayor's Office of Special Events, Department of Aviation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of the Environment, Department of Transportation and Department of Planning and Development will commemorate the Centennial of the Burnham Plan of ...[MORE]

Burnham Plan Centennial Committee

Chicago's civic leaders are rallying around the opportunity to continue the legacy of the Plan of Chicago through the Burnham Plan Centennial Committee, chaired by John Bryan and George Ranney with Adele Simmons as Vice Chair. Staff support is provided ...[MORE]

Chicago Cultural Alliance

The Alliance is a consortium of Chicago's ethnic museums, cultural centers and historical societies whose mission is to effect social change and public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives. The Alliance connects our member museums and centers to ...[MORE]

Claretian Associates, Inc. (South Chicago NCP)

Claretian Associates builds community within the culturally diverse neighborhood of South Chicago by working with community leaders, residents, and organizations to provide affordable housing and related services for low- and moderate-income people, build resident-based leadership, and serve as a catalyst ...[MORE]

Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation

Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corp. (GADC) works to foster and promote revitalization of the low-to-moderate income neighborhoods of Auburn-Gresham, Englewood and West Chatham. The organization's service area runs from 67th Street to 83rd Street north to south, and the Dan Ryan ...[MORE]

Indo-American Heritage Museum

The Indo-American Heritage Museum (IAHM) is a community-based and inclusive institution, a place where visitors can better understand and experience the rich cultural heritage, fascinating immigrant history and important contemporary developments that shape the lives of millions of Americans of ...[MORE]

LISC Chicago

Local Initiatives Support Corporation organizes capital and other resources to support initiatives that will stimulate the comprehensive development of healthy, stable neighborhoods and foster their connection to the socioeconomic mainstream of the metropolitan region. Five LISC communities--Albany Park, Auburn Gresham, ...[MORE]

North River Commission

Founded in 1962, North River Commission (NRC) focuses on comprehensive community development, including education organizing, economic development, affordable housing and community and park planning.  NRC unites more than one hundred civic organizations, schools, businesses and institutions to coordinate ideas and ...[MORE]

Quad Communities Development Corporation

Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC) was founded in 2003 by local leaders including 4th Ward Ald. Toni Preckwinkle. It has recruited an active board of directors and hired a New Communities Program director, whose primary responsibility is to manage the ...[MORE]

Resurrection Project

Resurrection Project's mission is to build relationships and challenge people to act on their faith and values to create healthy communities through organizing, education and community development.

Pilsen is one of six Chicago neighborhoods participating in the Burnham Plan Centennial Bold ...[MORE]

This program was offered on these dates:
Saturday, May 16, 2009 9:00am to 4:00pm

City of Chicago

Cost: Most Tours are FREE: $3 advance registration available for select tours.

Contact: For more information to the website below.


Chicago Architecture Foundaion (Event Headquarters)
224 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
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