The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


Chicago Metropolis 2020 was founded in 1999 by the Commercial Club of Chicago to ensure that the Chicago region is one of the places in the world where people most want to work and live. Our unifying vision is that the region’s government, businesses and residents must cooperate to make the kinds of informed choices that will make the region attractive and economically competitive 10, 50 and 100 years from now.

We advocate for better regional planning and smart investments that promote the region’s long-term health. Metropolis promotes principles for growth that include investment in the inner core of our region’s cities, public transit, walkable neighborhoods, affordable housing near jobs and public transit and protected open space. Our work focuses in five major areas: development and transportation; housing; crime and justice; early childhood education; and regional learning.

In taking the lead in the region's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Burnham Plan, Metropolis continues its tradition of looking forward.

Partner Category: Civic and Non-Profit Organization

Centennial Activities

Building Our Economy: Transportation for a New Illinois

Chicago Metropolis 2020

Chicago Metropolis 2020 used the Burnham Plan Centennial to launch a comprehensive campaign to change the way we look at, plan for, finance and manage transportation in Illinois. The premise of its report is that transportation infrastructures and services must be built and operated to enable and support the Illinois economy of the future [MORE]

Friday, October 23, 2009 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Chicago and the American Metropolis: Urban Policy and Our Region's Future

Burnham Plan Centennial Committee

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Valerie B. Jarrett will look ahead to the future of our city and region and how we can benefit from new priorities being set by the first White House Office of Urban Affairs. This timely civic conversation will be moderated by George A. Ranney, President and CEO of Chicago Metropolis 2020.

Metro Joe Regional Learning Project

Chicago Metropolis 2020

The National Geographic Education Foundation is supporting a pilot project conducted by Chicago Metropolis 2020 and the Geographic Society of Chicago to engage middle school students in Chicago Public Schools in learning about the Chicago Region. The project will culminate in a Regional Summit in which students will display large scale maps indicating how they think the region should develop in the future. [MORE]

Chicago Metropolis 2020

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