View Chicago is a Burnham-style collaboration between a diverse group of Chicago’s educational, cultural and civic institutions.
No trip to Chicago is complete without a trip to the lakefront, a cornerstone of Burnham’s plan for the city. Pick any point upon Chicago’s shoreline: see the rocks that keep the lake from washing away the lakefront, the white limestone and concrete paths that wind from harbor to harbor, the red bridges that arch across the mouth of the river. Flowering trees, migrating birds, bright silhouettes and wild ice floes add to the magic that the lake brings to the park. Chicago wouldn’t exist without Lake Michigan and its river connections.
Opposite the fountain is the area called Queen’s Landing, named in July 1959 when Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip sailed the Royal Yacht Brittania down the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway. They came ashore here and walked to a dinner hosted by Chicago’s mayor in their honor.