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Burnham 100 Bulletin: Centennial Year Wrap-Up

Burnham 100 Bulletin
Bold Plans Big Dreams
December 4, 2009
Explore the world’s first cities and Chicago’s own “White City,” partake in the theatrical and television debuts of the Make No Little Plans documentary, and journey around the world to learn about Global Warming, all as part of programming that wraps up the Centennial year. Click HERE for the cornucopia of region-wide exhibits that will continue through the end of the Centennial year.
Explore the White City: World's Fair Simulation
December 5 & 6, 2:00 pm
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Back by popular demand: a virtual simulation tour of the 1893 World’s Fair. Guests can “stroll” through the White City while Tim Samuelson, cultural historian for the City of Chicago, provides expert commentary. This presentation includes new content, including the Midway and South Pond areas! [MORE]

Book Discussion: The Plan of Chicago
December 7, 10:30 am
Lansing Public Library
2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing

Library Director Debbie Albrecht leads a book discussion about The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City. Author Carl S. Smith’s book is the first to fully explore Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago, the defining document of American urban planning. [MORE]

Global Warming: What's a Kid to Do?
Kidworks Touring Theatre Co.
December 7, 4:00 pm
St. Charles Public Library District
One South Sixth Avenue, St. Charles
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December 16, 7:00 pm
Waukegan Public Library
128 North County Street, Waukegan

The St. Charles Public Library and the Waukegan Public Library host two additional performances of Kidworks’ wildly popular “hands-on” exploration of climate changes around the world, told from the perspective of endangered animals and plants. [MORE]

Daniel Burnham: Master Planner
December 8, 7:00 pm
Eisenhower Public Library District
4613 N. Oketo Avenue, Harwood Heights

Architectural consultant and preservationist Beth Johnson conducts a program about Daniel H. Burnham that explores his Plan of Chicago, his plan for the World’s Fair and his architectural achievements in the City of Chicago. [MORE]

The World's First Cities: Babylon and Beyond
December 9, 7:00 pm
Oriental Institute
1155 East 58th Street, Chicago

In his richly illustrated lecture, Geoff Emberling, Museum Director of the Oriental Institute, explores cities from the plains of Mesopotamia to the Nile Valley in ancient Egypt. Learn about the rise of the city as a form of settlement and how urbanization developed around cultural views of space. Includes a post-lecture tour of artifacts from Babylon and Khorsabad in the museum’s galleries. [MORE]

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City
The Archimedia Workshop
December 13, 3:00 pm & December 14, 6:00 pm
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street, Chicago
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December 17, 8:00 pm
WTTW11 Chicago

The first full-length documentary about Daniel H. Burnham makes its Chicago theatrical debut at the Siskel Center and its television broadcast premiere on WTTW in the same week. The film by director Judith McBrien explores Burnham's life and legacy and how his vision shaped the nation’s cities for generations. [MORE]


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