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From City Beautiful to City Green: Chicago and the Evolution of its Regional Environment

From City Beautiful to City Green: Chicago and the Evolution of its Regional Environment

In 1909 in the Plan of Chicago, Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett responded to large problems in the city and its region—problems that included the lack of public open and green spaces, and an ill-coordinated relationship of the city to its region.
A panel of historians and an environmental activist engage in discussion with each other and the audience about the aesthetic ideas Burnham drew upon, how his ideas for a more beautiful and verdant city encompassed the metropolitan region and how environmental questions raised in Burnham and Bennett's Plan are being addressed today.

  • Diane Dillon- The Newberry Library
  • Harold Platt- Loyola University Chicago
  • Glenda Daniel- Openlands

This program is part of a series co-sponsored by the Burnham Plan Centennial and the Newberry Library, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is also being offered:

  • July 20, 7 pm at the Wheaton Public Library
  • July 23, 7 pm at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • September 29, 7 pm at the Orland Park Public Library


Program Partners

Chicago Public Library

The Chicago Public Library celebrates the Burnham Plan with the selection of Carl Smith's book, The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City for its award-winning program, One Book, One Chicago. Smith's book will be ...[MORE]

Burnham Plan Centennial Committee

Chicago's civic leaders are rallying around the opportunity to continue the legacy of the Plan of Chicago through the Burnham Plan Centennial Committee, chaired by John Bryan and George Ranney with Adele Simmons as Vice Chair. Staff support is provided ...[MORE]

Newberry Library

The Newberry Library provides a home to a world-class collection of books, manuscripts, and maps, and also to a growing community of readers. Our collections, spanning many centuries, feature a wide range of materials, from illuminated medieval manuscripts to rich ...[MORE]

This program was offered on these dates:
Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:00pm

Chicago Public Library

Cost: FREE and open to the public, no RSVP required but please arrive early as seating is limited


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