The City Logical | Newberry

The City Logical

Friday, April 27, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Bill Savage, Northwestern University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Chicagoans often attribute much of what’s right about our city’s infrastructure to Daniel Burnham and his 1909 Plan of Chicago (co-written with Edward Bennett). But Burnham’s plans for the “City Beautiful” are largely unrealized, more a gesture or an ideal than an everyday reality, and much more focused on the monumental downtown and lakefront than to the patchwork of our city of neighborhoods. This seminar will examine the work of a much lesser-known Chicagoan, Edward Brennan, the man who convinced Chicago’s political and business powers-that-be to regularize street names and the house numbering system. Brennan’s plan created what I call the “City Logical,” starting in 1908. This seminar will engage with primary documents from his campaign to make the city’s grid reasonable and intelligible, as well as with exceptions to the general pattern of the grid which teach us lessons about Chicago history.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.