Chicago Map Society: Dennis McClendon, “A noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die”

Thursday, January 15, 2009
Chicago Map Society Meeting

Those words, following closely on the heels of his more famous utterance “Make no little plans,” certainly apply to Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago.  The “noble diagrams” that Burnham, Edward Bennett, and their associates prepared one hundred years ago are among the most important maps ever made of Chicago.  Though never realized fully, the dazzling vision and inspirational power of the “Burnham Plan” influenced our city’s development throughout the twentieth century, and will continue to do so in the twenty-first.  On the centenary of the Plan, longtime Plan of Chicago scholar, urban cartographer, and former Map Society president Dennis McClendon will talk about the maps and diagrams used in the document and subsequent promotional efforts, and about how the Plan reshaped the city.