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View Chicago History

View Chicago arose from an idea sparked by the 2009 Burnham Plan Centennial — to create a tribute to Daniel Burnham’s visionary spirit.

Winning Concept – David Woodhouse Architects

Winning Concept
David Woodhouse Architects

Civic Endorsements
AIA Chicago
American Institute of Architects
Burnham Plan Centennial Committee
Chicago Loop Alliance
The Cliff Dwellers
The Field Museum
Friends of the Parks
Lamda Alpha International
Near South Planning Board
Shedd Aquarium

Government Approval
Chicago Park District
Chicago Plan Commission

A Burnham Memorial Committee was formed to discuss the lasting legacy and impact of the plan. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago Foundation soon launched a design competition, sponsored by Richard H. Driehaus. The group selected architect David Woodhouse’s thoughtful design as the winner.

In discussions with stakeholders, project leaders soon realized that Burnham’s vision could also activate and link portions of Grant Park and the lakefront between Millennium Park and the Museum Campus in a dynamic way. View Chicago was born, becoming the legacy project for the AIA 2014 Chicago Convention and complementing the city’s bold plans to further position Chicago as a unique cultural tourism destination.

View Chicago is a tribute to our city and the visionaries who built it. The spectacular view of the Chicago skyline and opportunities for thoughtful reflection promise to shape a unique destination that will be treasured for generations to come — a destination that reinforces that Chicago’s future is in the hands of visionaries.