The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Chicago Lakefront Bus Tour

Coastal Geologist Dr. Michael Chrzastowski leads a tour of the Chicago lakeshore to discuss the history of lakefront park development. The bus tour makes several stops to highlight significant park features and landscapes. You will learn how Chicago’s lakefront park system, consisting now of 26 miles of public parks, was totally engineered over the last 140 years. Also discussed is the Last 4 Miles: A Plan to Complete Chicago’s Lakefront.

In partnership with the Friends of the Parks, the Illinois State Geological Survey's tour explains how the coastal geology of the Chicago lakeshore made it possible to build this world-class urban shoreline. It also considers the lakeshore's early settlement and the interest and need to design and to build a geo-engineered shoreline, which set the stage for the Burnham-Bennett Plan. 

Burnham Plan Centennial Program Partners interested in hosting additional tours should contact Dr. Michael Chrzastowski at

Program Partners

Illinois State Geological Survey

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Survey is located in the Natural Resources Building on the University's 700-acre campus. This central Illinois location ...[MORE]

Friends of the Parks

Friends of the Parks (FOTP) is a park advocacy organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and improving Chicago's parks and forest preserves for all citizens. Since 1975, FOTP has increase private and public commitment to Chicago's parks through establishing park advisory councils, ...[MORE]

This program was offered on these dates:
Saturday, May 16, 2009 9:00am to noon
Saturday, June 20, 2009 9:00am to noon
Saturday, July 18, 2009 9:00am to noon

Illinois State Geological Survey

Cost: $25.00 includes coffee and rolls

Contact: To reserve a seat for the tour please call Angela Cisneros at 312-857-2757 x10 or email at


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