“Make no little plans”. Sound familiar? It’s attributed to Daniel Burnham, the architect and master urban planner responsible for Chicago’s spectacular lakefront parks, as well as the creation and/or expansion of major city streets — most famously, Michigan Avenue, Wacker Drive and Congress Parkway. (Source: Wikipedia)
The Plan of Chicago, otherwise know as the Burnham Plan, was created by Burnham and his associates in 1909 to serve as a roadmap for developing the city they loved. The goal: to beautify the lakefront by creating and maintaining green spaces along Lake Michigan, to preserve Chicago area forest preserves, to make travel in, out and within the city, more accessible, and to improve the quality of life for Chicago residents.
If you equate vast green spaces in the midst of a major metropolitan city with quality of life, you’ll probably agree that the Plan of Chicago succeeded. We certainly do.
As a business that calls Burnham Harbor home, Free Spirit Yacht Cruises is indebted to Daniel Burnham for his vision and all it created. A beautiful harbor, within walking distance to downtown Chicago. Situated on the Museum Campus, home to the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium and Soldier Field (go Bears!).
A quick cab ride to McCormick Place where we frequently pick up charter guests or dock for private events. We couldn’t find a better place to spend our summers. Or a more convenient location for clients hosting private yacht charters for their business events or parties.
As Chicago residents, Joe and I delight in our beautiful city. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about how lucky we are to live here. Since we moved downtown from the suburbs two years ago, we spend as much time as we can walking the city and taking in all it has to offer. Museums, restaurants and nightlife. We can’t get enough.
“The Lakefront by right belongs to the people,” wrote Burnham. (Source: Wikipedia). Miles of lush green gracing the lakefront. Rocks to climb on along the shoreline. Beaches to play on. Parks to wander. Playgrounds where families gather with their children.
Thank you, Daniel Burnham. We are grateful for all you’ve created in Chicago.
To learn more about Daniel Burnham and the Plan of Chicago, check out the Encyclopedia of Chicago. We recommend it to guests on our charter cruises who want to know more about our city.