The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

About the Centennial

Think Green

Burnham 100 Bulletin
Bold Plans Big Dreams
June 1, 2009

"While the keynote of the nineteenth century was expansion, we of the twentieth century find that our dominant idea is conservation." — The Plan of Chicago, p. 32.

Thinking green was as important is 1909 as it is today. National Trails Day on June 6 provides a focal point for participating in and learning about Program Partners' diverse efforts to preserve, protect and expand our region's green infrastructure for the benefit of all.

Make no small rides
Saturday, June 6: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tune up your bikes, stretch your legs and get ready to pedal! This biking adventure will take riders of all skill levels from Lake Forest to Michigan City in one heart-pumping ride on the trails. It will showcase major off-road trail facilities and highlight the need to connect the gaps in the path. [MORE]

Ready. Set. DIG!
Saturday, June 6: 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Get out your picnic baskets and your green shovels; the Calumet-Sag Trail is breaking ground and you're invited to the dedication event. Cheer on local and state dignitaries as they dig their way from opposite sides of the trail to meet in the middle at Alsip for a culminating celebration. [MORE]

Towards a Greener River
Thursday, June 11: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Friends of the Chicago River launches its first lunchtime lecture series at the Bridgehouse Museum with a presentation by Friend's own Mark Hauser. The free five-lecture series titled Always Current: Conversations on the Chicago River reveals the river's significance from historical, ecological, technological and economic perspectives. [MORE]

Kayak, camp, commemorate
Saturday, June 13: 8 a.m. to Sunday, June 14: 5 p.m.

Help inaugurate the new Southern Lake Michigan Water Trail by joining the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association's first-ever, weekend-long kayak expedition. The trek will explore the full scope of Burnham's vision as paddlers travel from Chicago to Michigan City. [MORE]


The Friends of the Parks will soon be launching their Last Four Miles Initiative to complete gaps in lakefront trails on the South and North sides of Chicago. [MORE]

The Trust for Public Land will celebrate the dedication of the Bloomingdale Trail. This elevated park offers the public a new way to look at open space in an urban environment and the design process will begin at the end of June. [MORE]

Openlands Lakeshore Preserve will restore one of the last remaining ravine ecosystems in the Chicago region. The preserve at Fort Sheridan will offer a 2-mile stretch of lakefront, rare ravine habitat and spectacular views of Lake Michigan. The grand opening is set for September 13, 2009. [MORE]

For more information on all of the Green Legacy projects underway as part of the Burnham Plan Centennial, please visit the Green Legacy section of our Web site.

El Proximo Centenario
June 11 - October 4, 2009

The National Museum of Mexican Art's signature Centennial program will showcase the work of young emerging Mexican Latino artists/ architects as they envision the future of one of six sites that offer great potential to add to the green fabric of the city. An opening event for the exhibit is scheduled for June 11, 2009. [MORE]

Chicago Model City
June 11-November 20

From Burnham's Plan to the 2016 Olympics, Chicago Architecture Foundation's Chicago Model City features stories of the people who made Chicago a symbol of urban transformation. The exhibition centerpiece—a large-scale architectural model of the city—will inspire you to imagine the future of metropolitan regions everywhere. [MORE]

Stay Connected! As things start to speed up this summer, be sure you are able to keep up with all of the incredible things happening. To keep up to date and connect with us and others who share our vision, you can:


  • Become friends with Daniel H. Burnham on Facebook
  • Follow Burnham100 on Twitter

Join in on the Centennial conversation and help stir our diverse community to action on a grand scale -building the best possible quality of life for all.

SAVE THE DATE, June 19, 2009
Public opening of the Burnham Pavilions in Millennium Park and the Grant Park Music Festival's world premier of "Plans" by Michael Torke.

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