The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The Great Books Foundation promotes reading, thinking, and the sharing of ideas for people of all ages.  Each year, thousands of teachers work with the Foundation to make high-quality literature and Shared Inquiry™  discussion a part of the K-12 curriculum.  An estimated one million students improve their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills in Junior Great Books.  And readers across the country reaffirm for themselves that discussing their favorite book in a Great Books group is a powerful instrument for personal growth and social engagement.

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Centennial Activities

Plan of Chicago Centennial Edition

Great Books Foundation

The Centennial Edition of the Plan of Chicago is a high quality, yet affordable reprint of the 1909 Plan of Chicago by Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett that enables residents throughout the region (and beyond) to access, study and learn from this important work, and better understand its profound impact on our region and on the modern profession of urban planning. [MORE]

Community Discussions: What's Next?

Chicago Public Library

Eleven Chicago Public Library locations will host community discussions featuring facilitators whose insights into the Plan of Chicago and related topics will bring added depth to the conversation. Using Carl Smith’s book, The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City--the Fall 2009 selection for One Book, One Chicago--as a launching point, these programs will ask: How has the city been shaped by our needs these past one hundred years and how will it evolve in the next one hundred? What’s next? [MORE]

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