The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

About the Centennial


Burnham 100 Bulletin
Bold Plans Big Dreams
September 25, 2009
From the lessons of the past to the bold plans and big ideas for the future, the programs highlighted below offer a variety of ways to experience the Plan of Chicago and how it touches our lives today.
Daniel Burnham Scavenger Hunt
September 26; 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
WBEZ Radio 91.5 FM
Starts at the Chicago Architecture Foundation

This day-long hunt will take you through the streets, parks and neighborhoods of Chicago to test your knowledge of the city and Daniel Burnham's influence here. Register your team of four today. [MORE]

Talks with the Team
September 30; 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Burnham Pavilions at Millennium Park

Thomas Gray, artist and creator of the film installation inside the pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects, and Dan Sheehy, contractor for the UNStudio pavilion, bring their unique perspectives to both pavilions and will share stories about the intricate details of the creation of these public works of art. [MORE]

Law As Hidden Architecture
October 1; 12:00 - 2:00 pm
John Marshall Law School
S. Plymouth Court

John Marshall Law School continues its year-long exploration of Bold Plans and Big Dreams for Chicago's future, with a public lecture featuring Richard Roddewig, President of Clarion Associates, Inc. examining how laws support the social and economic success of Chicagoland. [MORE]

Make No Little Plans
October 1 and 7; 6:30 pm
Chicago Public Library

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City, a documentary that delves into the life and complex legacy of Daniel Burnham, will be screened at Sulzer and Woodson Regional Libraries as part of CPL's One Book, One Chicago programming.[MORE]

The Imprint of the World's Columbian Exposition
October 5; 7:00 pm
Lewis University

Join Emmy Award-winning documentarian and WTTW producer Geoffrey Baer at Lewis University to explore the World's Columbian Exposition and its lasting impact on urban culture. [MORE]

Big. Bold. Visionary. Chicago Considers the Next Century
Through October 11
Chicago Tourism Center Gallery
E. Randolph

More than three dozen Chicago architects, planners and landscape architects present their visions of the city and the region in the 21st century and beyond in this exhibit. Gallery talks are scheduled every Thursday at 12:15 pm. Designs and proposals can also be viewed in an online exhibit. [MORE]

Burnham Memorial Competition Exhibit
Through November 1
The Field Museum, Brooker Gallery
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive

This exhibit features David Woodhouse Architects' winning design and three-dimensional scale model along with 18 other design concepts submitted for a proposed Burnham Memorial at a site on the Museum Campus just north of the Field Museum. [MORE]

The Last 4 Miles: Completing Chicago's Lakefront Parks
Through September 27
Loyola University Chicago, Crown Center Gallery
6525 N. Sheridan Road

The Friends of the Parks' community-based planning effort to complete the lakefront plan is especially relevant to the Loyola community; part of the four-mile gap in the lakefront is located along its Roger's Park beachfront. The exhibit features the results of those efforts and invites public feedback. [MORE]

Stay Connected!

To keep up to date and connect with us and others who share our vision, check our website often. You can also sign up for e-news and e-postcards by clicking here.

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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.

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