The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Plan of Chicago Centennial Edition

    Plan of Chicago Centennial Edition

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.

The reprint utilizes the Chicago History Museum's high-resolution images of all the pages in the original publication in the same format and dimension of the 1909 edition and its entire text and illustrations.

The commemorative edition features an introduction by Carl Smith, author of The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of an American City, and provides an opportunity to recognize 21st century subscribers including individual, corporate and foundations that have contributed to the Centennial. The publication also includes a forward by John Rowe who serves as Vice Chair of the Commercial Club Civic Committee and Chairman Emeritus of the Chicago History Museum and Burnham Plan Centennial Committee co-chairs John Bryan and George Ranney, and VSA Partners, Inc. has designed an elegant new cover for the special Centennial edition published in July 2009.

The Centennial Edition is available through the Great Books Foundation and at the Chicago History Museum, Chicago Architecture Foundation,  the Book Cellar, Powell's Bookstore and Printers Row Fine and Rare Books.

Program Partners

Great Books Foundation

The Great Books Foundation promotes reading, thinking, and the sharing of ideas for people of all ages.  Each year, thousands of teachers work with the Foundation to make high-quality literature and Shared Inquiry™  discussion a part of the K-12 curriculum.  An estimated one ...[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 History Museum

The Chicago History Museum stands at the crossroads of America's past and its future. If you live in Chicago or visit here and are curious about the city's past, present, and future, the Museum should be your first stop. The ...[MORE]

Great Books Foundation

Cost: $39.95; available online and at Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Book Cellar, Powell’s Bookstore, and Printers Row Fine and Rare Books.

Contact: Don Whitfield, 800.222.5870 x227,


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