The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


DePaul University, with more than 23,000 students, is the only one of the nation’s 10 largest private universities where the faculty priority is on teaching. Founded on the Vincentian principle of access for everyone, we remain committed to providing a quality education through personal attention to students from a wide range of backgrounds. The Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University is coordinating all of the university's activities related to the celebration. For more information about specific programs, please contact the Institute.

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Centennial Activities

Burnham “Century in Motion” Festival

DePaul University

DePaul University's centennial celebration moves into high gear with the opening of the "Century in Motion" festival on June 19, 2009. The festival continues through July 15 and offers a variety of events including family oriented programs, all open to the public. Learn about Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett's groundbreaking Plan of Chicago, attend a world-class concert, explore Chicago on a Family Day bus tour and more! Spend this historic summer in Mr. Burnham's neighborhood. [MORE]

Saturday, July 11, 2009 9:30pm to 1:00pm

Daniel Burnham and Chicago’s Great Railway Terminals Mini-bus Tour

DePaul University

Century in Motion Festival:  Join us for a mini-bus excursion to explore the legacy of the six great railroad stations that were once vibrant parts of downtown Chicago. We’ll look at some of the remarkable features of each terminal, discuss the efforts made to consolidate them before and after the Plan of Chicago, and the future possibilities for high-speed rail. Historians will greet our group at several historic station sites, including Daniel Burnham’s Union Station.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Daniel Burnham Meets Vincent De Paul and Jane Addams

DePaul University

Century in Motion Festival:  Join us for a fascinating discussion about the spirit of public service evident in the work of Daniel Burnham, Jane Addams and St Vincent DePaul. In our roundtable conversation with DePaul professors Marco Tavanti and Alex Papadopolous and author Jan Metzger, we will explore ethical principles that underscored the work of Burnham, Addams and St Vincent. The event will be held at Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S Michigan (22nd flr), which offers striking views of Grant Park.

Thursday, July 9, 2009 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Festival Reception and visit to “Chicago Model City” Exhibit

DePaul University

Century in Motion Festival:  Join us in “Burnham’s neighborhood” for a reception followed by a special viewing of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s newest exhibit, Chicago Model City. Through scale models, photographs, maps, videos and digital visualizations, Chicago Model City investigates planning ideas – and the challenges of their implementation.

Saturday, June 27, 2009 10:30am to noon

Morning Tea with the family of Daniel Burnham, Jr.

DePaul University

Century in Motion Festival:  Join us for a lively group discussion with descendants of Daniel Burnham Jr., son of Daniel Hudson Burnham, who spent his life working to implement ideas in the Plan of Chicago. This free-flowing conversation, moderated by Professor Joe Schwieterman, begins at 10:30am and will conclude by noon.

Monday, June 29, 2009 5:30pm to 8:00pm

1933 Century of Progress: Discussion and Site Visit

DePaul University

Century in Motion Festival:  Lisa Schrenk, a noted scholar, will share fascinating details about the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition, held on the near south side in the vicinity of today’s Museum Campus. We’ll see striking images of the fairground design created by Edward Bennett and exposition buildings designed by the sons of Daniel Hudson Burnham. [MORE]

Friday, June 19, 2009 5:00pm

A Night at the Symphony

DePaul University

Join the DePaul community for a reception at the DePaul Center to mark the beginning of the Century in Motion festival, followed by a stroll to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (205 East Randolph Drive) to enjoy the world premiere of Plans, a new work for orchestra and chorus composed by Michael Torke to celebrate the 1909 Plan of Chicago Centennial. Reception begins at 5 p.m. in the DePaul Center. [MORE]

Friday, June 19, 2009 5:00pm to 8:00pm

A Night at the Symphony

DePaul University

Century in Motion Festival:  Join the DePaul community for a reception at the DePaul Center to mark the beginning of our festival, followed by a stroll to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to enjoy the world premiere of Plans, a work for symphony and chorus specially commissioned by the Grant Park Music Festival to celebrate the 1909 Plan of Chicago Centennial. [MORE]

Exhibit : Thursday, July 9, 2009 to Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Building the Business of Architecture: The Burnham Brothers and Chicago in the Golden Twenties

DePaul University

Architectural drawings ranging from façade drawings to engineering plans are on display. The exhibition traces the inside view of the history of Chicago’s iconic skyline through architectural drawings, photographs and archival documents. [MORE]

Friday, September 11, 2009 6:30pm

Burnham Birthday Celebration

DePaul University

In honor of Daniel Burnham's 163rd bithday, DePaul University is hosting a reception and banquet dinner. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and the public are invited to join in celebrating DePaul's commitment to making "no little plans." The evening's festivities will recognize all of the great activities on campus revolving around the centennial of the Plan of Chicago as well as the exciting collaborations and civic partnerships forged over the past years. [MORE]

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Burnham Book Fair

DePaul University

Barnes & Noble DePaul Center and the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University are proud to sponsor a Burnham Book Fair. Join professor Joe Schwieterman and Alan Mommoser, authors of Beyond Burnham: An Illustrated History of Planning for the Chicago Region (to be released on August 25 by Lake Forest College Press), various contributors to Lambda Alpha International's The Plan of Chicago @ 100: 15 Views of Burnham's Legacy for a New Century, and the authors of other newly released books.

Friday, May 29, 2009 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:30am to 5:00pm

Burnham, Chicago and Beyond: Politics, Planning and the Progressive Era City

Chicago Architecture Foundation

In 1909 Daniel Burnham publicized his project for an ideal city in his Plan of Chicago.  Sponsored by the Commercial Club, which included some of the city's most powerful business leaders, Burnham's plan represented the ideal city of the Progressive Era.  The Plan was Burnham's attempt to completely reform Chicago, both socially and architecturally, and its boldness has assured its place both as a model and source of controversy for urban planners ever since. [MORE]

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Burnham’s Recruiting Bennett for the Plan of Chicago

DePaul University

DePaul University's Chaddick Institute Presents: Burnham's Recruiting Bennett for the Plan of Chicago, 1906-09: They and Their Backgrounds Compete, Converge and Then Collaborate on the Plan. Presented by Edward H. (Ted) Bennett, III and Arthur H. Miller, Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections, Lake Forest College Based on newly discovered Bennett family materials: personal handwritten correspondence with Burnham, Plan editor Charles Moore, and other key figures and also photographs by Bennett of the Plan process.Free Admission. RSVP to Elizabeth Wilp at [MORE]

Saturday, June 20, 2009 10:00am to noon

Family Friendly “Chicago in Motion” Tours

DePaul University

Century in Motion Festival:  A special day for adults, adolescents and kids! Step aboard our charted mini-bus for an excursion guided by DePaul professors that will include visits to the famed Chicago lakefront and a brief look at two vibrant neighborhoods. Bus tours (approx. 2 hours) will depart from DePaul Loop campus at 10am and 12:30pm. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 and up.

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]

Monday, October 26, 2009 6:00pm

Parks, Squares, Lawns, Woods, and Dales: The Burghs of Fictive Chicago

DePaul University

Chicago writers Billy Lombardo, Gina Frangello and Eric May read from their work and consider how Chicago as a city of lines and borders crafted by civic history has defined them as writers, teachers and editors. The authors will address this city of interwoven villages, and how it has informed the insights offered in their poetry and prose. Sponsored by DePaul University's Department of English as part of the citywide One Book, One Chicago program. [MORE]

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The World According to Burnham and Bennett: Virtual Burnham Initiative Roll-out

Lake Forest College

Century in Motion Festival:  Join Lake Forest College for a fast-paced “virtual tour” of Burnham and Bennett’s Chicago. We will see flat images from the 1909 Plan of Chicago evolve into fascinating 3-D models and learn how the Virtual Burnham Initiative is encouraging participants to create structures from the past and develop visions for the future of our region. [MORE]

Undergraduate and Graduate Classes

DePaul University

DePaul currently has more than 30 courses that are incorporating material from the Burnham Plan into their curriculums for the 2008-09 academic year. Many courses in the "Discover Chicago" program for first year students. In addition, DePaul will collaborate with faculty at UIC to jointly promote several specially designed graduate level courses. In conjunction with UIC we are creating a 'resource list' for instructors. (August 2008 - December 2009)
DePaul University


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