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He Built This City

THE “MAGNIFICENT MILE” SHOPPING DISTRICT, the Beaux Arts-style Michigan Avenue Bridge, the landscaped green space along Lake Michigan—these iconic sites are all legacies of architect Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago, widely regarded as the Rosetta Stone of modern city planning. This year Chicago honors his grand metropolitan blueprint—along with the city’s ongoing pursuit of bold, Burnham-esque ideas—with a yearlong series of exhibits and events befitting the man who famously called for “no little plans.”

Two temporary Millennium Park pavilions, designed by architects Zaha Hadid and Ben van Berkel, mark the opening of The Burnham Plan Centennial (burnhamplan100.uchicago.edu) in June, but displays of his genius are on display year round. Visit the Art Institute of Chicago (artic.edu) for a peek at the sprawling maps that brought his plan to life. Sign up for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s new walking tour (architecture.org), or rent a bike at Navy Pier and pedal along Lake Michigan. —Rod O’Connor

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