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Research Project

The Burnham Transportation Plan of Chicago: 100 Years Later

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 Planning and Public Affairs Friday Forum and the Chicago Chapter of the TRF Luncheon.

Principal Investigator
DiJohn, Joseph
Research Area(s)
Data Development
Funding Source
Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI)


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. The objectives were to: 1) 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.  2) 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. Download the "The Burnham Transportation Plan of Chicago: 100 Years Later" report.