The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


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, developing new parks, renovating playlots, and presenting public workshops and lectures to create an informed citizenry.

Partner Category: Civic and Non-Profit Organization

Centennial Activities

Saturday, May 16, 2009 9:00am to noon
Saturday, June 20, 2009 9:00am to noon
Saturday, July 18, 2009 9:00am to noon

Chicago Lakefront Bus Tour

Illinois State Geological Survey

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. [MORE]

Last Four Miles

Friends of the Parks

With extensive community participation and solid technical support, Friends of the Parks has developed and proposed an award-winning, visionary and practical plan for completing the last four miles of gaps in Daniel Burnham’s vision of uninterrupted public access along Chicago’s entire 30-mile shoreline from Evanston to Indiana. This strategic, long-term project will achieve four of the five Green Legacy goals: completing our region’s trail system, expanding neighborhood green space, protecting our shoreline, and preserving regionally significant open spaces.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:30pm to 9:00pm

The Calumet Celebrates the Burnham Plan

Calumet Ecological Park Association

The Calumet Ecological Park Association will host a special evening of presentations to celebrate the Burnham Plan Centennial. Presentations will focus on different aspects of planning for Calumet from the past through the present and into the future.

Presenters and their topics include: [MORE]

Exhibit : Friday, August 21, 2009 to Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago's Lakefront Parks

Loyola University Chicago

The Loyola University Crown Center Gallery kicks off the 2009-2010 seasion with an exhibition exploring a local issue especially relevant to the Loyola community, The Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago's Lakefront Parks presented in association with Friends of the Parks.

Friends of the Parks


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