The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery opened in 1985 in downtown Chicago's Helmut Jahn-designed James R. Thompson Center. The gallery exhibits and promotes the work of contemporary and historical Illinois artists with an exhibition schedule that ranges across mediums, from a substantial quilt collection in the Decorative Arts area to electronic art, installations, and collaborative exhibitions with community organizations.
The adjacent Illinois Artisans Shop is the first shop of its kind in the state, showcasing one of the most diverse collections of handcrafted work in the Midwest. Admission is free. Free group tours available upon request. Please call 312.814.5322 for an appointment.

Partner Category: Cultural Institution or Organization

Centennial Activities

Sunday, March 15, 2009 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Uncle Dan's Original Plan

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

In his only Burnham Plan Centennial presentation, popular guest speaker Tim Samuelson, the City of Chicago’s Cultural Historian, will discuss Burnham’s early contributions.  Before his famous 1909 Plan of Chicago, Burnham captured national attention with an ambitious plan to beautify Chicago’s downtown and South Side lakefront.

Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery

Open to the public:
Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm


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