The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The mission of the Clarendon Hills Public Library is to provide library services to all residents of the community by providing materials to help fulfill their cultural, educational, informational and recreational needs.

To accomplish this task, the Clarendon Hills Public Library will function as a Popular Materials library,  will provide General Information and support Life Long Learning.  The library will utilize all resources available to it, both internal and external, to succeed in its mission.

The Clarendon Hills Public Library is pleased host the Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis. 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 Clarendon Hills Public Library is listed below.

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Centennial Activities

Exhibit : Monday, June 22, 2009 to Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis

Clarendon Hills Public Library

The Clarendon Hills Public Library is one of fifty public libraries throughout the region that will simultaneously present “Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham’s Vision of an American Metropolis,” an exhibit created by the Newberry Library for understanding and discussing the historical significance of the 1909 Plan of Chicago, critically examining its historical context, its influence on the twentieth-century lands

Monday, May 11, 2009 7:00pm to 8:30pm

No Little Plans: The Roads of Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago

Clarendon Hills Public Library

David Clark, author of Exploring Route 66 in Chicagoland and Images of America: Route 66 in Chicago, turns his attention to the concepts for road building contained in the Burnham Plan in this program. Burnham and Bennett's vision included grand boulevards as well as a system of radiating and encircling highways throughout Chicago and the suburbs.  The presentation looks at the four encircling and many radiating highways proposed by the Plan, and how that plan differed markedly from our current dependence on tollways and expressways. [MORE]

Clarendon Hills Public Library

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