The Burnham Transportation Plan of Chicago: 100 Years Later

The project was in a cooperative effort with the Burnham Plan Centennial, DePaul University, Illinois Department of Transportation, the Transportation Research Forum and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Principal Investigator(s):

Joseph DiJohn


Joseph DiJohn




Review the transportation component of the Plan of Chicago to understand the impact of the plan of today’s transportation system, freight and passenger including public transit and intercity rail.  Describe the vision and advocacy that Daniel Burnham and the Plan brought to the region and how many of the issues identified in the Plan are current today.


Describe Chapter V of the Plan: “Transportation: A Freight Center: Grouping of Passenger Stations: A Loop System.”  Undertake historical research to determine status of plan recommendations and the impact on the present and future of transportation in the Chicago metropolitan region.


Expected Results or Products:

The output of the project is a paper entitled “The Burnham Transportation Plan of Chicago: 100 Years Later.”  Presentations of the paper were given at the ITE Midwest Annual Conference in Chicago, the Transportation Research Forum Annual Meeting in Portland, OR, the UIC College of Urban Planningand Public Affairs Friday Forum and the Chicago Chapter of the TRF Luncheon.  An article was also prepared for the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association Member Monthly Newsletter.


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Urban Transportation Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
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Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI)