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Deep Roots, Green Future: City Planning in Elgin

Deep Roots, Green Future: City Planning in Elgin

Exhibit : Tuesday, May 19, 2009 to Thursday, July 8, 2010

Many principles of the Chicago Plan were used when Burnham’s partner Edward Bennett formulated a plan for Elgin in 1917. Discover this plan and others that followed including the latest Elgin plan for sustainability.

Exhibit opening will be held Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m., Gail Borden Public Library.

Robert W. Siljestrom, City Planning and Development Commission, and Tom Armstrong, Department of Planning and Neighborhood Services, will speak about the development of transportation corridors, green spaces and separation of business and residential sections. A barbershop quartet from the Fox Valley Men of Harmony will perform. Coffee and cookies will be served. The traveling exhibit is a partnership with the City of Elgin, the Elgin Area Historical Society, the Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin Community College, the Elgin Community Network and Judson University.

The exhibit will be on view at the following locations throughout 2010:

  • Gail Borden Public Library (May 9 - August 8, 2009)
  • Elgin Community College (October 1 - December 1, 2009)
  • Judson University (January - March 2010)
  • The Centre of Elgin (Summer 2010)

Program Partners

Gail Borden Public Library District

As part of the Burnham Plan Centennial, the Gail Borden Public Library District is one of 67 venues hosting Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis. For more information on this exhibits and the public programs associated ...[MORE]

CIty of Elgin

The City's ten strategic goals include a safe community, neighborhood vitality, economic growth and diversified tax base, quality housing, and a financially stable city government among others. The Elgin City Council set goals and priorities based on community input.  Goals ...[MORE]

Judson University

Judson University's architecture program, accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, resides in an institution affiliated with the American Baptists, values its liberal arts integration, enjoys a School affiliation with art and design programs, and provides full professional preparation in ...[MORE]

This program was offered on these dates:
Exhibit : Tuesday, May 19, 2009 to Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gail Borden Public Library District

Mon.-Thurs. 9 AM- 9 PM, Fri. 9 AM- 9 PM, Sat. 9 AM-5:30 PM, Sun. 1-5:30 PM

Cost: Free

Contact: Miriam Lytle,, 847-608-5027


Gail Borden Public Library
270 N. Grove Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
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