The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


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 (map and driving directions) is just 130 miles south of Chicago. It is a cultural and educational center that is ranked as one of the top ten "high-tech" cities in the U.S.

Partner Category: Public Agency

Centennial Activities

Building of the Chicago Lakefront Guidebook

Illinois State Geological Survey

This guidebook will describe how the Chicago lakefront was built, the role that the Burnham Plan played in the lakefront development and the coastal geology at Chicago that made the lakefront construction feasible. It will consider the coastal erosion that would have plagued Chicago if the lakefront were not engineered. The guidebook will also address the future geo-engineering challenges and opportunities along the lakefront. (Summer 2009) [MORE]

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]

Illinois State Geological Survey


Illinois State Geological Survey
615 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
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