The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The main building for the Joliet Public Library opened in 1903 and was designed by Daniel Burnham.  In 1991 we built an addition to the main building that truly complements the original Burnham design.  Many of the original features of the building still exist, such as woodwork and marble floors and walls.  We have several framed photographs of the original interior displayed.

The Joliet Public Library is pleased to be one of over 60 venues throughout the region hosting the Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis, through December 30 on the second floor. For more information about the exhibit--curated by the Newberry Library--and the list of more than 60 venues where it is on display, or to access the exhibit on-line click here. 

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Centennial Activities

Saturday, November 21, 2009 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Global Warming: What's a Kid to Do?

Joliet Public Library

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.

Sunday, November 15, 2009 2:00pm to 4:00pm

No Little Plans: The Roads of Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago and Historic Route 66: A Journey through History

Joliet Public Library

Windy City Road Warrior David G. Clark looks at Burnham and Bennett’s concepts for road building that included grand boulevards as well as a system of radiating and encircling highways throughout Chicago and the suburbs.The Roads of Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago presentation considers the highways proposed by the Plan, and how that plan differed markedly from our current dependence on tollways and expressways. [MORE]

Joliet Public Library

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9 am - 9 pm Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm Saturdays and 1 - 5 pm on Sundays. We are closed on Sundays during the summer


Joliet Public Library
150 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
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Contact: Dianne Harmon

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