Updated Plans for Chicago's Memorial to Daniel Burnham

A planned memorial for Chicago architect and planner Daniel Burnham got an upgrade this week in the form of a proposed 1.6-mile interactive walking path and new materials for the site of the memorial.

"Five years after unveiling plans for a public memorial to the great Chicago architect and planner Daniel Burnham, the project's backers issued a revised concept Thursday that includes an interactive, 1.6-mile walking trail stretching from Millennium Park to the Museum Campus," reports Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin.

The walking trail, known as View Path, will include 16 stops along the way until it ends at the memorial, known as Burnham View, which is located on the Museum Campus. The entire project is known as View Chicago.

"Like the original plans, designed by Chicago architect David Woodhouse and made public in 2009 on the 100th anniversary of Burnham's influential Plan of Chicago, the new version calls for two tall walls, which would be set at right angles in the Field Museum's north plaza. Visitors would slip between the walls and gaze upon the dazzling cityscape that Burnham did so much to shape."

The announced revisions would change the materials of the wall—from granite to glass.

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