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Without Bounds or Limits: An Online Exhibition of the Plan of Chicago

Noted architect and planner Daniel Burnham once said "Make no small plans." It was his mantra, and when he worked on the celebrated 1909 Plan of Chicago, he certainly thought big. This wonderful exhibit from the Art Institute of Chicago brings together some of the original drafts, meeting minutes, and images related to this landmark in urban planning history. These items are divided into four sections, which include Before the Plan, Creating the Plan, and Drafts of the Plan. The homepage contains a biographical sketch of Burnham, along with one of his collaborator, Edward H. Bennett. The Drafts of the Plan area is marvelous, as visitors can peruse and download specific documents such as "Plan for a Boulevard to Connect the North and South Sides of the River on Michigan Avenue and Pine Street." The site also includes lantern slides, catalog records for the various items, and links to the official homepage of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's department of architecture and design.
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Date Issued 2009
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Date of Scout Publication 2013-02-01
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