The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The Elmhurst Public Library provides services and materials in many formats to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of the community. Special emphasis is placed in four areas: offering access to information; creating opportunities for personal enrichment and recreation; stimulating the reading interests of young children and their parents; and supporting the educational interests of school children and independent adult learners.

As part of the Burnham Plan Centennial, the Elmhurst Public Library is one of 67 venues hosting Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis, through December 2009. For more information on this exhibit and the public programs associated with it throughout the region, click here.

In conjunction with display of the Newberry Library’s “Make Big Plans” exhibit, our 2009 Summer Reading Program is "Make No Small Plans: Read Big!"  Programs include first-person historical portrayals and informative lectures, book discussions, a film series and more.  These educational and entertaining programs feature the history of Chicago and its key historical figures. As a Centennial Program Partner, the Elmhurst Public Library also hopes to inspire everyone to participate in initiating new plans for making the Chicago region even better.

Partner Category: Civic and Non-Profit Organization

Centennial Activities

Thursday, September 10, 2009 1:00pm
Thursday, September 10, 2009 7:30pm

Book Discussion: "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson

Elmhurst Public Library

Discussion of Erik Larson's best-selling non-fiction work about the building of Chicago and the 1893 World's Fair, based on the real-life serial killer H.H. Holmes. Co-sponsored with Elmhurst Art Museum. Join us for an informal discussion. All are welcome. [MORE]

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 7:00pm

Chicago by Gaslight

Elmhurst Public Library

Don’t miss this entertaining and informative presentation by author and historian Richard Lindberg, who tells incredible tales of yesteryear Chicago in words and pictures. He has written 14 books., all dealing with aspects of Chicago city history, politics, sports, ethnicity and urban crime. [MORE]

Monday, November 17, 2008 1:30pm
Monday, November 17, 2008 7:00pm

Community Conversation: GO TO 2040

Elmhurst Public Library

We strive to find ways to make our communities stronger and our residents more involved. These "Community Conversations," co-hosted by the Elmhurst Public Library and CMAP, will help the GOTO 2040 initiative identify issues, concerns and new ideas about the future of our region. [MORE]

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5:30pm

Film Screening: "Expo: Magic of the White City"

Elmhurst Public Library

Expo – Magic of the White City brings the Chicago World’s Fair to life. Experience the world of 1893 through a cinematic visit to Chicago’s Columbian Exposition. Narrated by Gene Wilder, the film immerses viewers in one of the world’s biggest extravaganzas and one of the most unforgettable events in American history of which Daniel H. Burnham served as Director of Works. [MORE]

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 7:00pm

Film Screening: "H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer"

Elmhurst Public Library

Made famous in the book The Devil In The White City, this documentary tells the true story behind America's first serial killer who terrorized Chicago during the turn-of-the-century World's Fair. It chronicles his grisly life from childhood, to the cross-country man hunt to find him, and finally to his incarceration and execution. [MORE]

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:00pm

Making Big Plans for the Burnham Plan Centennial Lecture

Elmhurst Public Library

In this illustrated lecture, Diane Dillon will introduce The Plan of Chicago, the landmark city plan published by Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett in 1909. She will survey the major ideas set forth in the Plan and discuss their continuing relevance today. She will also talk about the various special exhibitions and public programs that will take place during the summer and fall of 2009 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Plan of Chicago.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 7:00pm

Meet Daniel Burnham presented by R.J. Lindsey

Elmhurst Public Library

R. J. Lindsey, as Daniel Burnham, narrates a slide program detailing the Chicago Fire of 1871, the building of the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition and the Chicago Plan of 1909 outlining the development plan for the city. He will also speak in regard to the innovations and architecture of several Burnham designed buildings: Reliance, Monadnock, Montauck and Rookery. A display of original 1893 World's Fair souvenirs will also be on display [MORE]

Elmhurst Public Library

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