Plan of Chicago, 1909

A new exhibition looks back at the period of grand urban design and social reform in New York City, Boston, and Chicago.

The 1909 Plan of Chicago, by Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett, offered a comprehensive vision for controlled growth of the industrial metropolis. Only parts of Burnham’s plan were implemented, but it exemplified what is now known as the City Beautiful movement. Daniel Burnham et al. Plate CCCI Plan of Existing and Proposed Parks and Boulevards. (Harvard Libraries)