The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Think Big Youth Expo

One hundred years ago, Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett issued the Plan of Chicago to give people great ideas about how to make the city and region a better place. During the 2008-2009 school year, students at schools throughout Chicago explored the city’s relevance to them historically, currently, and personally and began making plans of their own.The Think Big Youth Expo showcases a selection of writings and artwork that represent youth’s ideas for the future of Chicago and their own roles in its stewardship.

The Think Big Youth Expo is one of many Burnham Plan Centennial initiatives designed to inspire and educate youth and adults about the legacy of the Burnham Plan and their opportunities to shape the future.  For a wealth of information visit the Learning Resources section of  Other Cetennial programs slated for the 2009 Chicago Humanities Festival include: 

The Think Big Youth Expo is partnership between the Chicago Humanities Festival and Burnham Plan Centennial  presented in conjunction with the Chicago Public Library and Chicago Matters with support from the McCormick Foundation.


Program Partners

Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival's mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy, and explore the humanities. We accomplish this by creating an annual Festival of the Humanities and by presenting programs throughout the year that ...[MORE]

Burnham Plan Centennial Committee

Chicago's civic leaders are rallying around the opportunity to continue the legacy of the Plan of Chicago through the Burnham Plan Centennial Committee, chaired by John Bryan and George Ranney with Adele Simmons as Vice Chair. Staff support is provided ...[MORE]

Chicago Public Library

The Chicago Public Library celebrates the Burnham Plan with the selection of Carl Smith's book, The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City for its award-winning program, One Book, One Chicago. Smith's book will be ...[MORE]

This program was offered on these dates:
Saturday, November 14, 2009 11:00am to 4:30pm

Chicago Humanities Festival

Cost: Free, reservations not required. Space may be limited.


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