The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Learning Resources

Overview & Highlights

The following learning resources are suited to a variety of audiences including teachers, students and interested adults and children. Recommendations for additional resources are welcome, please send to

Kid’s Portal

Find out what urban planners do and learn how you can help your community be cleaner, greener, and a better place to live, work, and play.


A compilation of books and selected web publications on the Plan of Chicago, the people who created it, Chicago’s built environment and urban and regional planning.

Classroom Resources

Web sites that house or reference lesson plans and other activities for classroom use that connect with the Centennial themes
[Guide to Classroom Resources].

  • Curricula & Lesson Plans: These resources offer K–12 teachers opportunities for integrating curricula, lessons and activities.

  • Visual Resources: Online sources for photographs, maps and other multimedia you can incorporate into teaching.

  • Resources for Educators: Sources for additional curricula, classroom activities, and professional development opportunities.

Selected images from Visual Resources

Educators Resource Guide

The Burnham Plan Centennial:
Bold Plans. Big Dreams

Incorporate the study of metropolitan Chicago into daily teaching with this collection of resources that links to lessons, activities and multiple educational assets across a variety of academic disciplines. [Download PDF or View Program  On-Line]

Feature Program

Bold Plans Big Dreams Education Initiative

The Burnham Plan Centennial Committee, in collaboration with the Polk Bros. Foundation Center for Chicago Eduation, is fostering collaborations with the Chicago Public Schools, cultural institutions, non-profit organizations and others to initiate and expand programs that engage teachers and students in multiple learning experiences.

Feature Resources

The Plan of ChicagoThe Plan of Chicago

The online Encyclopedia of Chicago has a wealth of information including a fully digitized copy of the Burnham Plan.

Cloumbian Exposition

The Columbian Exposition

Explore Daniel Burnham’s vision of an ideal city with an interactive map of the World’s Fair of 1893.

Metro joeWho is Metro Joe?

Think you know Chicago and the 'burbs?  Play this online game that challenges your knowledge of the Chicago region. 

The Burnham Blog

Several articles were written about Centennial education programs throughout 2009 on the Burnham Blog. To read these articles and browse other related posts, click here.

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