The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Serving the Chicago Ridge community, the library has an 18,000 square foot facility with a collection of 73,084 items.  Approximately 48% of residents are library cardholders.  In 2008, adult cardholders borrowed 80,406 times, and 1,696 adults attended a total of 150 programs.

The Chicago Ridge Public Library is pleased host the Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis June 19 - December 30, 2009. For more information about the exhibit--curated by the Newberry Library--and the list of over 60 venues throughout the Chicago metropolitan region at which it is on display,  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 Chicago Ridge Public Library are listed below.

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Centennial Activities

Thursday, September 24, 2009 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Green Spaces, Public Places

Chicago Ridge Public Library

Join us on Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. for Green Spaces, Public Places. 

John Elliot, Education Manager for the Forest Preserve for Cook County, leads a Powerpoint presentation describing the history of how the FPDCC came to be, how Burnham's plan references the preserve, the role of the Prairie Club, and other historical contexts.  Learn how the county manages the many different functions of the district, role of volunteers and public awareness.

High School Students and Adults are welcome to this free program.


Thursday, October 1, 2009 7:00pm

A Portrait of Daniel Burnham

Chicago Ridge Public Library

Mr. R.J. Lindsey narrates a slide program detailing the Chicago Fire of 1872, the building of the 1892 Worlds' Columbian Exhibition, and the Chicago Plan of 1909 outlining the development of our city.  The famed architect discusses his innovative buildings and presents the Burnham Plan advocating sensible city growth.  A selection of original 1892 World's Fair souveniers will be displayed.

High School students and adults are invited to attend this free program. [MORE]

Monday, November 30, 2009 7:00pm

City Beautiful: Celebrating the Burnham Plan Centennial

Chicago Ridge Public Library

The year 2009 marks the centennial of Daniel Burnham's visionary plan for Chicago and its environs.  Burnham's Plan shaped the city and suburbs for generations of residents and visitors to enjoy. [MORE]

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