The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
A century ago Daniel Burnham commissioned noted artists to interpret his plans for the development of the city of Chicago.
The collection of 142 maps, diagrams, perspective drawings, and watercolors that he received, played a vital part in the acceptance of his ideas. In a time when such avant garde visions would have most likely been overlooked, this innovative approach won Burnham the project, which is still in place today.
The exhibition, that is a citywide celebration of the Burnham Plan Centennial, presents 32 of these prized commissions from the Department of Architecture and Design’s collection in five separate rotations. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view these historic and artistic documents that, because of their fragility, are rarely displayed publicly.
For more information on the exhibit, visit www.artic.edu