The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s founder and first music director, Theodore Thomas, tapped architect Daniel Burnham to build a permanent home for his orchestra. Orchestra Hall was completed in 1904, and not even the visionary team of Thomas and Burnham could have anticipated the magnitude of the CSO’s musical legacy that has thrilled audiences for more than a century. In 1978, Orchestra Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places, making it a national landmark.

CSO celebrates the Burnham Plan Centennial with a day of free events that continue Burnham's vision of building a civic center of a cultural institution as part of creating a vibrant quality of life for Chicagoans.

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Centennial Activities

Saturday, October 17, 2009 10:00am to 5:00pm

The House That Burnham Built

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Plan of Chicago by Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett on Saturday, October 17, with “The House that Burnham Built” – a series of events throughout the day which are free and open to the public. [MORE]

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