The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


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 provide the foundation for the community’s future and augment the decision-making process.

Partner Category: Public Agency

Centennial Activities

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

Deep Roots, Green Future: City Planning in Elgin

Gail Borden Public Library District

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. [MORE]

Thursday, June 18, 2009 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Burnham’s Chicago for Kids

Gail Borden Public Library District

Daniel Burnham, architect of the 1909 Chicago Plan, leads you through the history of the city he loved so well, from the Fort Dearborn Massacre to the Columbian Exposition of 1893, from stockyards to architecture. Presented by actor Terry Lynch from History for Kids, Burnham introduces the people and events that shaped the “Windy City” and helped transform it from the “City of the Wild Onion” to the “City of the Big Shoulders." [MORE]


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