The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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

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Centennial Activities

Exhibit : Tuesday, May 19, 2009 to Thursday, July 8, 2010

Deep Roots, Green Future: City Planning in Elgin

Gail Borden Public Library District

Many principles of the Chicago Plan were used when Burnham’s partner Edward Bennett formulated a plan for Elgin in 1917. Discover this plan and others that followed including the latest Elgin plan for sustainability.

Exhibit opening will be held Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m., Gail Borden Public Library. [MORE]

Monday, November 30, 2009 noon to 1:00pm

Global Warming: What's a Kid to Do?

Gail Borden Public Library District

In the spirit of Daniel Burnham's forward-looking Plan of Chicago, Kidworks Touring Theatre Co. presents a “hands-on” exploration of climate changes around the world, told from the perspective of endangered animals and plants.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Burnham’s Chicago for Kids

Gail Borden Public Library District

Daniel Burnham, architect of the 1909 Chicago Plan, leads you through the history of the city he loved so well, from the Fort Dearborn Massacre to the Columbian Exposition of 1893, from stockyards to architecture. Presented by actor Terry Lynch from History for Kids, Burnham introduces the people and events that shaped the “Windy City” and helped transform it from the “City of the Wild Onion” to the “City of the Big Shoulders." [MORE]

Open to the public:
Mon.-Thurs. 9 AM- 9 PM, Fri. 9 AM- 9 PM, Sat. 9 AM-5:30 PM, Sun. 1-5:30 PM


270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120
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