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The Vision

View Chicago celebrates our city, honors its past and inspires its future.

Chicago prides itself on its grit and determination, as well as its bold vision and groundbreaking achievements. Personifying these attributes, Daniel Burnham (1846–1912) stands out as a luminary in Chicago’s history.

Burnham was a leading architect of his day and a forward-thinking urban planner. He was the main author of the 1909 Plan of Chicago, which guided the growth of the city and set the stage for generations of dreamers and doers.

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.” — Daniel Burnham

In tribute to Burnham’s guiding spirit, View Chicago provides three dynamic experiences:

  1. Burnham View — A new permanent sculpture coming soon to the Museum Campus, offering a view of the city to spark the imagination.
  2. The View Path — A 16-stop, 1.6-mile walking tour through Grant Park, highlighting Burnham’s vision.
  3. My View — Educational and experiential programs to inspire the Daniel Burnhams of tomorrow.

View Chicago is a civic collaboration led by the Chicago History Museum with the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects.