| Feb 2, 2014
Chicago's heart-stopping lakefront, thrumming Loop and brawny riverfront did not happen by accident or sheer luck.
This city rose from swamp to global elite because people — including famed architect Daniel Burnham and a legion of politicians,...
| Jan 26, 2014
More than a century ago, civic architect Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago helped set this city on course to grow and thrive. Burnham understood the power of big ideas to fire the imagination, to dial up the civic flame and create a city of prosperity and,...
| Jan 24, 2014
On the occasion of its 40 years in publishing, Chicago Review Press recently bought itself an anniversary present: Academy Chicago Publishers, one of the city's oldest independent publishers.
This piece first ran in Printers...
| Jan 12, 2014
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Imagine city leaders surveying Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871, a landscape of ash and ruin. Their task, as daunting as it must have been exhilarating: Build the city again, from the husk of what was. Build it better.
Thirty-eight years later,...
| Dec 18, 2013
Struggling public schools in some Chicago neighborhoods only provide further incentive for middle-class families to choose suburban enclaves. But the story of urban planning that began with Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago is a tale of...
| Nov 25, 2013
To our readers:
In a series of editorials over the past two months, the Chicago Tribune called for the creation of “A New Plan of Chicago” to address the city’s interconnected challenges in a holistic way. And we asked you to help us....
| Nov 24, 2013
Seven Sundays ago, we launched this quest for a new Plan of Chicago with a sense of urgency and a question mark as tall as Tribune Tower: Would readers and organizations concur that intertwined challenges confront Chicago with the fourth great crisis of...
| Nov 24, 2013
We applaud the Chicago Tribune for creating a public square to discuss and define a new vision for our city and region. We have been living large off the Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett 1909 Plan of Chicago for more than a century, but the world is a...
| Nov 24, 2013
Ever since Daniel Burnham challenged Chicago in 1909 to "Make no little plans," Chicagoans have tended to think of planning in terms of monumental projects, such as creating the lakefront (as Burnham proposed) or Millennium Park.
| Nov 20, 2013
We can only guess at what Daniel Burnham might have proposed for the social improvement of Chicago, the part of his plan he intended to write and never did. However, we do have a social plan from that era that was at least as influential, possibly more so...
| Nov 3, 2013
Many men and women helped raise Chicago out of the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 and transform it into the major city it would become in the 20th century, people such as Marshall Field, Charles Wacker, Aaron Montgomery Ward, Potter Palmer, Jane Addams...