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View Chicago

The Chicago Skyline

View Chicago is a tribute to Daniel Hudson Burnham, who proclaimed, "The lakefront by right belongs to the people.” Walk the View Path, experience history, explore Daniel Burnham’s vision for Chicago’s front yard and see the ultimate view of the city’s skyline – the Burnham View.

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    Cloud Gate

    Cloud Gate

    Anish Kapoor’s masterpiece, Cloud Gate, is a poetic expression of Burnham’s vision.

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    Buckingham Fountain

    Buckingham Fountain

    Based on the Bassin de Latone at the garden of Versailles near Paris, the Fountain was commissioned to honor Kate Buckingham’s late brother.

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    Outdoor Rooms

    Outdoor Rooms

    Burnham envisioned a system of parks and broad avenues that created intimate “outdoor rooms.”

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    About the View

    About the View

    Inspired by city planner Daniel Burnham’s vision, The View Path highlights distinct features of Grant Park that carry on Burnham’s legacy.

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    Museum Campus

    Museum Campus

    Museum Campus, the gorgeously landscaped home to three of Chicago’s most prominent museums.

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    Lake Michigan Shoreline

    Lake Michigan Shoreline

    No trip to Chicago is complete without a trip to the lakefront, a cornerstone of Burnham’s plan for the city.

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    Lurie Garden

    Lurie Garden

    The Burnham Plan promoted “Urbs in horto,” a Latin phrase meaning “City in a garden.”

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    The Burnham View

    The Burnham View

    The Burnham View will position you to see the brilliance of Burnham’s urban plan – a view to inspire your vision of Chicago.

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    Lincoln Statue

    Lincoln Statue

    The Seated Lincoln, designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, adds both gravity and history to this garden landscape.

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