The Daniel H. Burnham Award was created by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors to pay tribute to a prominent business leader, not only for their influence in advancing the Chicagoland business climate, but also for their tremendous civic contributions helping to make this city a better place to both work and live. This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Burnham Award and shines a light on the importance of civic involvement and is a reminder of how Chicago thrives with a fully engaged business community.

Past Burnham Honorees

2019

Larry D. Richman

2018

Christopher M. Crane

2017

Ilene S. Gordon

2016

W. James McNerney, Jr.

2015

Frederick H. Waddell

2014

Alejandro Silva

2013

Greg Brown

2012

Ellen M. Costello

2011

John W. Rogers, Jr.

2010

Glenn F. Tilton

2009

John A. Canning, Jr.

2008

John W. Rowe

2007

Norman R. Bobins

2006

W. James Farrell

2005

Miles D. White

2004

Deborah L. DeHaas

2003

William A. Osborn

2002

Alan G. McNally

2001

Ronald J. Gidwitz

2000

Andrew J. McKenna

1999

Edgar D. Jannotta

1998

Lester Crown

1997

John H. Bryan

1996

Patrick G. Ryan

1995

Arnold R. Weber

1994

James J. O’Connor

1993

Richard L. Thomas

1992

Frank W. Considine

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and our grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty.

Daniel H. Burnham
1907