Visitors from around the world come to Chicago, the birthplace of the modern building, to view its architectural marvels. From historic landmark buildings to contemporary technological masterpieces, Chicago is home to unique and innovative designs that have shaped American architecture.
Daniel H. Burnham, creator of the famous Chicago Plan of 1909, counseled city leaders with an important view of the future: "Make no little plans, for they have no magic to stir men's blood.... Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work." Burnham helped chart the future of the city that gave the world its first skyscraper, developed the iron skeleton and the floating foundation, created the "Prairie" style of design, and became the site of one of the tallest buildings on earth.
The Hotel Burnham --formerly the Historic Reliance Building, one of Chicago’s most significant architectural landmarks-- is a premier product of Daniel H. Burnham’s architectural style known as “the Chicago Style.” The Hotel Burnham is a 122-room European-style hotel located at 1 W. Washington Street (at State Street).
Today, thanks to the genius of Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, and hundreds of others, Chicago is a living museum of architecture. To fully appreciate the rich foundations of design on which Chicago was built, take one of the many guided tours which include architectural and historical information. Several companies offer narrated bus tours of the city, most of which include architectural attractions.