“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood…” Daniel H. Burnham, (1864-1912)
These words outlined Daniel Burnham’s vision for Chicago and the American city. 2009 marks a century since Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett, in collaboration with the Commercial Club of Chicago, unveiled their plan for the greater Chicago region.
The Burnham Plan, which preserved our city’s lakefront, created the “emerald necklace” of County Forest Preserves and established a tradition of taking a comprehensive view of our region’s development, is being celebrated across Chicago metropolitan area this year.
Millennium Park is hosting several tributes to Burnham including, the Burnham Pavilions two temporary installations by renowned architects Zaha Hadid and Ben van Berkel that celebrate Burnham and the 100th anniversary of his great plan for Chicago. And on Sept. 2nd, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park will host the premier of the documentary “Make no Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City.”
So, come and join the party and let Metra take you there. With 11 lines and five downtown stations, Metra is the perfect way to see the city that developed from Burnham’s vision.