The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The Vision of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is to be a forest preserve district jeweled in open space that connects nature and people and serves as a model of dynamic leadership, inspiring excellence in environmental ethics, resource education and compatible recreation.

Partner Category: Public Agency

Centennial Activities

Exhibit : Saturday, November 14, 2009 to Friday, December 18, 2009

Big Plans Come True

Landmark Conservancy

This exhibition, comprising materials from the DePaul Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the original 1909 Plan of Chicago,  emphasizes the impact of Daniel Burnham and Ed Bennett's Plan on the suburbs of Chicago, including roads, waterways and forest preserves. [MORE]

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 7:30pm

Fr. Baar Architecture Lecture: The Legacy of the Burnham Plan

Landmark Conservancy

This lively lecture by cartographer Dennis McClendon includes pictures of the Chicago that faced the planners a century ago, the grand visions they had for the city and what actually resulted from the Burnham Plan of Chicago.
The lecture is free and open to the public. A docent-guided tour of Mayslake Hall will be offered before the lecture at 6:30 p.m. at $5/person. For reservations for the lecture, please call 630-206-9566. [MORE]

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 7:30pm

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City

Landmark Conservancy

As part of the Landmark Conservancy's seventh annual Fr. Baar Architecture Lecture series, director Judith McBrien introduces her new documentary. The film explores the fascinating life and complex legacy of Daniel Hudson Burnham and how his vision to organize the chaos of 19th century America shaped the nation's towns and cities for generations.
The film, the first full-length documentary about Burnham, was produced by The Archimedia Workshop in consultation with Kartemquin Films. [MORE]


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