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Burnham, Chicago and Beyond: Politics, Planning and the Progressive Era City

Burnham, Chicago and Beyond: Politics, Planning and the Progressive Era City

In 1909 Daniel Burnham publicized his project for an ideal city in his Plan of Chicago.  Sponsored by the Commercial Club, which included some of the city's most powerful business leaders, Burnham's plan represented the ideal city of the Progressive Era.  The Plan was Burnham's attempt to completely reform Chicago, both socially and architecturally, and its boldness has assured its place both as a model and source of controversy for urban planners ever since.

Co-organized by DePaul University and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Burnham, Chicago and Beyond offers an opportunity to critically analyze the creation of the Plan and its impact in Chicago and elsewhere.  This symposium will ask participants to consider some of the questions and issues raised by the Burnham's Plan, and will explore urban environments during the Progressive Era.

Session topics and speakers include:

  • Race, Housing, and Burnham's Plan - Margaret Garb, Washington University
  • Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, Hamburg, 1909: The Burnham Plan in Context -         David van Zanten, Northwestern University
  • North Michigan Avenue: Constructing the Public in the Wake of the War -            Katherine Solomonson, University of Minnesota

For complete program  detail and to register go to:

Sessions will be held at:

DePaul University - Loop Campus, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 8005

CAF - The John Buck Company Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Program Partners

Chicago Architecture Foundation

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. CAF presents a comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all designed to ...[MORE]

DePaul University

DePaul University, with more than 23,000 students, is the only one of the nation’s 10 largest private universities where the faculty priority is on teaching. Founded on the Vincentian principle of access for everyone, we remain committed to providing a ...

This program was offered on these dates:
Friday, May 29, 2009 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:30am to 5:00pm

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Cost: $55 general; $45 CAF members; $20 non-DePaul students


DePaul University Loop Campus
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center, Room 8005
Chicago, IL 60604
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