The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

About the Centennial


Burnham 100 Bulletin
Bold Plans Big Dreams
October 20, 2009
The Make Big Plans exhibit, curated by the Newberry Library and on simultaneous display at public libraries throughout the region, includes robust public programs. Don't miss the opportunity to engage in the dialogue of Burnham, the Plan of Chicago and our region's future. For the full listing of October exhibits and public programs click here
Contra Burnham: Why We Need More Little Plans
October 20, 7:00 pm
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Avenue

Bill Savage, Senior Lecturer in the Northwestern English Department and author of a recent Chicago Reader article on Daniel Burnham, discusses the 1909 Plan of Chicago in the context of 2009 Chicago, Evanston and the region. [MORE]

From City Beautiful to City Green: Chicago and the Evolution of Its Regional Environment
October 22, 7:00 pm
Vodak-East Side Branch, Chicago Public Library
3710 E. 106th Street

A panel of historians and environmentalists discusses the aesthetic ideas Daniel Burnham drew upon, how his ideas for a green city encompassed the region and how his environmental questions are being addressed today. [MORE]

Carl Smith on "Chicago - The American City"
October 24, 11:00 am
Harold Washington Library
400 S. State Street

Carl Smith, author of the One Book One Chicago selection The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, gives an exciting and engaging illustrated talk about the remarkable effort to create and implement the Plan of Chicago. [MORE]

One Book One Chicago: "The Biography of Chicago"
October 28, 6:00 pm
Harold Washington Library
400 S. State Street

Historian Dominic Pacyga, author of Chicago: A Biography, traces our city's storied past, from the explorations of Joliet and Marquette in 1673 to the new wave of urban pioneers today. [MORE]

The Burnham Legacy
November 10, 7:00 pm
Blue Island Public Library
2433 York Street

Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan—host of WGN's Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan—explains why Burnham's legacy is a confusing yet wonderful thing. [MORE]

Burnham Pavilions
On display through November 1

Click on the following links for a complete list of Centennial programs by category:


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