| Oct 16, 2013
"Democracy needs to be reborn in each generation, and education is its midwife."
-- John Dewey
Students and parents across Chicago have thoughtful concerns about their schools but often feel that they have no way to effect change within the Chicago...
| 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
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...
| Oct 21, 2013
While a student at Trinity College, William Bickford and his roommate spent many nights talking about their passion for architecture and how to best forge a path to professional success and personal happiness.
Bickford wanted to be married by age 30. He...
| 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,...
| Oct 13, 2013
Who can participate
Whatever your role in the metropolitan area, we invite you or your organization to help craft a new Plan of Chicago. This is the Tribune's RFP, a request for your proposals to address the intertwined problems this series of...
| Oct 6, 2013
To our readers:
In 1909, the great architect and planner Daniel Burnham laid out a vision that would shape Chicago's future — a seminal document of sweeping ambition befitting a boisterous, emerging metropolis at the turn of a new century.
| Oct 31, 2013
Chicago, the city of Daniel Burnham and his oft-quoted epigram, "make no little plans," doesn't have a planning department.
Yes, you read that right.
Although the birthplace of modern American city and regional planning still has planners tucked...
| 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...
| Jun 26, 2013
Chicago should light up more of its signature buildings — even on nights when the Blackhawks are not winning the Stanley Cup. For one thing, projection technology has advanced to the point where any exterior surface can be an exciting canvas, flat...