The Burnham Plan CentennialThe Plan of Chicago A Regional Legacy
An illustration from the plan. Plate 44

The Plan included existing proposals for forest preserves, and called for new large-scale city parks, and smaller parks in residential neighborhoods. Parkways and boulevards would link the region’s great open spaces.

Parks and Forest Preserves

A photograph of some children playing in the wading pool at McGuane Park

The Plan called for more neighborhood parks such as McGuane Park, where children enjoyed the wading pool during the summer of 1905.

A photograph of Grant Park

In the 1920s, Bennett’s symmetrical French vision for Grant Park (above) transformed it into one of the world’s largest formal landscapes, with Buckingham Fountain (completed in 1927) as the centerpiece. Until Congress Parkway was extended in the 1950s, it terminated with a plaza at Michigan Avenue (below) .

An illlustration of Congress Parkway from a postcard circa 1933