As we build our knowledge of Chicago’s history, we must first build Chicago. One of the most stressful issues is one of urban planning – what to build, and where to put it. It’s not nearly as simple as that, especially in Chicago. Since our unit is inspired by Burnham and Bennett’s Plan of 1909, we’ll simulate what they did: design a harmonious city. Below are the two worksheets that we’ll use to do that today.
This is what our students did with this activity today:
Also, I added a new item to the Links at the right. Look at “City Planning Games” for fun, mostly free, sims-like games that allow you to build a city. My childhood favorite was Caesar, and my college obsession was Age of Empires. I don’t think AOE is free, but Casesar is. Enjoy!