| May 2, 2014
| 1:26 PM
Since October we've fielded more than 1,000 ideas from Tribune readers about how to build a better Chicago. The range of proposals is impressively diverse. But one luminous thread twists through essay after essay, as if many writers had secretly convened:...
| 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,...
| 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 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 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...
| 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...
| Nov 24, 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.
Our goal is to...
| 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.
| Jan 12, 2014
| 10:28 AM
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,...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:48 PM
For more than a century, The Force -- as in the force of law -- has been with open space advocates as they battled to keep Chicago’s lakefront free of buildings.
In 1909, Aaron Montgomery Ward won a historic court fight that kept the Field...
| Jun 26, 2014
"(I)n no instance will further private development be permitted east of Lake Shore Drive."
— Lakefront Plan of Chicago
Chicago, already a huge draw for tourists, is the logical place for George Lucas to display his collection of art and movie...