The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The Cliff Dwellers is where Art, Education, and Business meet to promote the arts in Chicago.  We are a private non-profit club formed in 1907.  Daniel H. Burnham was one of the founding members.  When Burnham received the commission to design Orchestra Hall, he provided space for the Club on its top floor.

Since 1996, The Cliff Dwellers reside on the 22nd floor penthouse of the 200 South Michigan Avenue office building.  We are just north and adjacent to Symphony Center at the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue at Adams Street.  Our lakefront facilities overlook Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago offering a spectacular view of Daniel Burnham's Grant Park.

The Club also continues to feature our famous Daniel Burnham deep-dish pies.

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Centennial Activities

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Authors Weigh In On Burnham's Plan of Chicago

Society of Midland Authors

The Society of Midland Authors presents a special panel of four authors focused on Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago. The engaging evening takes place at the historic Cliff Dweller's Club.
The authors are: [MORE]

Exhibit : Monday, March 2, 2009 to Friday, April 17, 2009

Conserving Native Landscapes in the Metropolis

Cliff Dwellers

Frank V. Dudley: Conserving Native Landscapes in the Metropolis: an Exhibition of twelve Paintings of Burnham Park, Jackson Park, and the Indiana Dunes.

Frank Dudley spent forty years of his professional life as a landscape painter to promote and preserve the Indiana Dunes. Along with fellow Cliff Dwellers Daniel H. Burnham and Jens Jensen, they advocated for the Forest Preserves surrounding Chicago. [MORE]

Friday, September 25, 2009 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Daniel H. Burnham' Presents: Make No Little Plans

Swedenborg Library

This is a unique opportunity to learn about important events in Chicago history first-hand, by Chicagoan and architect Daniel H. Burnham, in his own club, The Cliff Dwellers. [MORE]

Thursday, March 12, 2009 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Dinner and Discussion with Dr. Kristen Schaffer

Cliff Dwellers

The Cliff Dwellers is hosting a dinner with discussion with Dr. Kristen Schaffer, author of "Daniel Burnham: Visionary, Architect, and Planner" and professor at North Carolina State University.  She also wrote the introduction to the1993 Princeton Architetural Press reprint of the "Plan of Chicago."

The dinner will follow Dr. Schaffer's lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago: Finding Daniel Burnham in the Archives: Swedengorgian Revelations and the Plan of Chicago. [MORE]

Thursday, May 14, 2009 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Evolution of Grant Park 1837 to Present

Cliff Dwellers

Larry Okrent presentation of the Evolution of Grant Park 1837 to Present incudes numerous rarely seen maps, plans, and photographs as well as selections from Mr. Okrent's own aerial photgraphy archives. 

Cocktails at 5:30 (cash bar), presentation 6:30, with dinner following.  $30 per person. Call 312-922-8080 for reservations. [MORE]

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Frank V. Dudley: Conserving Native Landscape in the Metropolis

Cliff Dwellers

James R. Dabbert will present a program on the works of landscape painter Frank V. Dudley (1868-1957).  Dudley spent forty years of his professional life as a landscape painter and he used much of his work to promote and preserve the Indiana Dunes.  Along with fellow founding members of The Cliff Dweller, Daniel Burnham and Jens Jensen, they advocated for the Forest Preserves surrounding Chicago.

Mr. Dabbert is Director of IIT's Writing Center; he is the editor and co-author of "The Indiana Dunes Revealed: The Art of Frank V. Dudley" (2006). [MORE]

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 5:30pm

Haussmann’s Paris and Burnham’s Chicago lecture

Alliance Francaise de Chicago

Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s radical remaking of Paris during the 1860’s had an obvious and profound influence on the 1909 Plan of Chicago prepared by Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett. Chicago-based architect Timothy Brown, who worked in Paris for many years as director of IIT’s European Study Programs, explores the sometimes unexpected ways the respective plans continue to inform contemporary urban planning efforts. [MORE]

Friday, September 25, 2009 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Make No Little Plans

Cliff Dwellers

Turn back the clock and listen "first-hand" as Daniel Burnham (enacted by R. J. Lindsey) narrates a slide show about the 1871 Chicago fire and the resulting opportunities for him and partner John Root, first with the 1893 Columbian Exposition and, later, his Plan of Chicago (1909).  As for relevance to 2009, Burnham's question to his audience of a hundred years ago is as valid as ever:  "How are we living?"  

Reception (Cash bar) at 5:30 pm, followed by one hour presentation beginning at 6 pm.  [MORE]

Thursday, May 28, 2009 5:30am to 8:00pm

Meet the Authors -- The Plan of Chicago @ 100

Cliff Dwellers

Meet the authors of the new book The Plan of Chicago @ 100: 15 Views of Burnham's Legacy for the New Century.  The Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International invite you to attend a celebratory book signing with the authors from 5:30 followed by Q & A with the authors at 6:15. Optional dinner at 7 pm for $35 including tax and tip. [MORE]

Thursday, September 17, 2009 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Plan of Chicago --The Book

Cliff Dwellers

The Plan of Chicago: Centennial Edition  released in July will be the focus of this talk and discussion with Donald Whitfield, Director of Higher Education Programs at the Great Books Foundation who served as editor of the publication.  [MORE]

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