The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The Aurora Public Library is pleased host the Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis exhibit, through December 30. For more information about the exhibit—curated by the Newberry Library—and the list of more than 60 venues throughout the Chicago metropolitan region at which it is on display, to access the exhibit on-line or learn more about the Make Big Plans series of public programs click here. Information about related programs at the Aurora Public Library is listed below.

Aurora Public Library has partnered with two other libraries in the Fox Valley corridor in Northern Illinois to create Fox Valley Reads, offering a schedule of Burnham-themed events.


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Centennial Activities

Sunday, October 25, 2009 1:00pm

Burnham's Vision Today: Open Space as a Necessity, Not a Luxury

Fox Valley Reads

Discover why the Chicago area boasts some of the best open space systems in the nation. This slide presentation of preserved, restored and protected areas in the local area offers examples of environmental stewardship's best practices. Tour the nature trails and restored prairie around the Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove campus.


Sponsored by the Aurora Public Library and presented in cooperation with the Conservation Foundation, Naperville, IL. [MORE]

Sunday, October 18, 2009 2:00pm

Eastland Disaster: "Chicago's Titanic"

Aurora Public Library

On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland was boarding passengers along the Chicago River for an all-day picnic excursion. But during boarding, something went terribly wrong—the Eastland rolled into the river with more than 2000 people aboard. More than 800 people lost their lives that day. The Eastland Disaster Historical Society tells the story of what became known as “Chicago’s Titanic”—the tragedy & its causes, the rescue efforts, and the impact on the families who were there that fateful day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 7:00pm

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871: A Presentation and Tour of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Fox Valley Reads

Did the cow do it? What was so "great" about the Chicago Fire? Did you know that Aurora sent firefighters to battle the big blaze? Join us for a lively discussion/multimedia presentation on the history of the Great Chicago Fire. Following the program, visitors have an opportunity to see real artifacts that survived the Great Chicago Fire and tour the Aurora Regional Fire Museum's interactive exhibit "Getting There, Getting Water, Getting Rescued."

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