The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


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 encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities. The Chicago Humanities Festival is devoted to making the humanities a vital and vibrant ingredient of daily life. We believe that access to cultural, artistic, and educational opportunities is a necessary element for a healthy and robust civic environment.

Partner Category: Civic and Non-Profit Organization

Centennial Activities

Saturday, November 14, 2009 2:30pm to 4:00pm

The Future of Chicago: How We Get There

Chicago Humanities Festival

A panel including: John Fregonese, a regional planning and transportation expert; Sadhu Johnston, former chief environmental officer for the City of Chicago; and Carlos Nelson, executive director, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation, considers practical and immediate solutions to questions about housing, education, transportation and the environment and sustainability in and around Chicago. WBEZ's Steve Edwards moderates. The Future of Chicago is part of the 2009 Chicago Humanities Festival. [MORE]

Saturday, November 14, 2009 11:00am to 4:30pm

Think Big Youth Expo

Chicago Humanities Festival

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. [MORE]

Sunday, November 2, 2008 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Thinking Big: The Global City of the Future

Chicago Humanities Festival

How are cities around the world facing the challenges of the 21st century? Are the lessons of Burnham and Chicago relevant to shaping a more liveable and more fulfilling metropolis? This second program about the Burnham Plan and its legacy will tackle challenges facing Chicago and other global cities in the coming century. [MORE]

Sunday, November 2, 2008 noon to 1:30am

Thinking Big: The Plan Of Chicago: 100 Years of City-Building

Chicago Humanities Festival

Why is Chicago known as the city that gave birth to modern urban planning? What were the forces that came together in 1909 to produce Burnham and Bennett’s Plan of Chicago? Where are the imprints of this visionary plan on our regional landscape and how does it continue to inspire us 100 years later? [MORE]

Saturday, November 14, 2009 noon to 1:30pm

Bold Plans for the Next 100 Years

Chicago Humanities Festival

A panel of visionary designers and thinkers—including: architect and planner Doug FarrCheryle Jackson, president of the Chicago Urban League; and John Tolva, IBM, Director, Citizenship & Technology—provide an exciting look into an imaginative future. Adele Simmons, vice chair of Chicago Metropolis 2020, moderates. Bold Plans for the Next 100 Years is part of the 2009 Chicago Humanities Festival. Two other Burnham Centennial-themed programs on November 14 are: [MORE]

Sunday, November 9, 2008 noon to 1:00pm

Bruce Mau and Elva Rubio: Designing Chicago's Next Century

Chicago Humanities Festival

Visionary urban designers Mau and Rubio of Bruce Mau Design, Inc. present their joint venture with students at the School of the Art Institute and the University of Illinois at Chicago to radically re-envision the future of Chicago's built environment: a Burnham plan for the next century.

Sunday, November 9, 2008 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Burnham 2.0: Judges Panel

Chicago Humanities Festival

A distinguished panel of architects and designers from around the world will discuss and critique the various works on display in the Chicago Architectural Club’s Burnham 2.0 exhibition at the Chicago History Museum which opens as part of the 2008 Chicago Humanities Festival.

Saturday, November 8, 2008 10:00am to 11:30am

The GO TO 2040 Plan: Bold Innovations for a Better Chicago

Chicago Humanities Festival

How will metropolitan Chicago look by the year 2040— and how should it look? This Community Conversation, organized for  the 2008 Chicago Humanities Festival by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), will focus on the role of commuter rail and potential regional high-speed rail service. [MORE]

Chicago Humanities Festival

Website: http://www.chicagohumanities...

Chicago Humanities Festival
500 N Dearborn Street, Suite 825
Chicago, IL 60654
312.661.1018 (fax)
[Get Directions]

The Burnham Plan Centennial
© Copyright 2009

c/o Chicago Metropolis 2020
30 West Monroe Street, 18th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60603 • (312)332-2020

Site developed and hosted by
The University of Chicago Library