The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Announcement of Pavilion Designs

Join Alderman Brendan Reilly, The Burnham Plan Centennial Committee, The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Art Institute of Chicago and Friends of Downtown to learn about the temporary Burnham Pavilions in Millennium Park.

These exciting exhibits are designed by international architects Zaha Hadid and Ben Van Berkel of UNStudio to commemorate the spirit of Chicago embodied in the Burnham Plan. They will open to the public June 19 and close on November 1, 2009. These two bold architectural statements are at the heart of a region-wide series of events, exhibits and projects designed to challenge metropolitan Chicago to continue its bold visionary planning tradition.

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Claudia Cassidy Theater
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

Program Partners

Burnham Pavilions

The iconic centerpieces of the Burnham Plan Centennial are two temporary architectural pavilions in Millennium Park. World renowned architects Zaha Hadid (London), and Ben van Berkel (UNStudio, Amsterdam) designed these bold Pavilions to echo the audacious future-looking images and words of ...[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]

City of Chicago

The City of Chicago, Mayor's Office, Mayor's Office of Special Events, Department of Aviation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of the Environment, Department of Transportation and Department of Planning and Development will commemorate the Centennial of the Burnham Plan of ...[MORE]

Friends of Downtown

Friends of Downtown is the voice for intelligent planning and urban design for downtown Chicago. Founded in 1981, we are recognized as a vital and influential component of the city’s design and building process. Members throughout the metropolitan area are ...[MORE]

This program was offered on these dates:
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Burnham Pavilions

Cost: Free and open to the public; No RSVP needed

Contact: For more information, contact

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago, IL 60602
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