The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The Evanston Public Library (EPL), located in Evanston, Illinois, has three locations: the Main Library at 1703 Orrington Ave, the North Branch at 2026 Central Street and the South Branch at 949 Chicago Avenue. Borrower cards are free to Evanston residents, Evanston property tax payers and Evanston businesses. Evanston Library borrowers also have easy access, via the library catalog, to most circulating items in the collections of 22 other public libraries through EPL's membership in the Cooperative Computer Services (CCS) consortium.
As part of the Burnham Plan Centennial, the Evanston Public Library is one of 67 venues hosting Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis, through December 31, 2009. For more information on this exhibit and the public programs associated with it throughout the region, click here.

Partner Category: Civic and Non-Profit Organization

Centennial Activities

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 7:00pm

Contra Burnham: Why We Need More Little Plans

Although Daniel Burnham probably never spoke the famous words "Make no little plans," Chicago area planners, politicians, architects and reformers have long taken them as a commandment. At what point do Big Plans become counterproductive? Do we neglect what's already been built--which requires maintenance and adjustment--in the rush to the next Big Plan? Are Big Plans like the 1909 Plan of Chicago appropriate, or even possible, for the 21st Century? [MORE]

Sunday, October 4, 2009 3:00pm

Daniel Burnham’s Chicago: Historical Reenactment

Actor and historian Terry Lynch presents Daniel Burnham, architect of the Chicago Plan, discussing Chicago's history and his strategy to create to create a well-ordered and convenient city. [MORE]

Evanston Public Library



Evanston, IL 60201
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Contact: Lesley Williams
Head of Adult Public Services
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Avenue
Evanston IL 60201
tel: 847-448-8646
fax: 847-866-0319

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