The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


We hope to educate our patrons on who Daniel Burnham was and the impact of the Burnham plan on our region and the world.  We hope they get a sense of the ongoing relevance to our region.  That everyone has a say into what our region will be like in the future. We hope they see the importance of making no little plans.

By hosting the panel exhibit and hosting various types of programs we hope to reach a wide range of people. By being a part of this large Centennial partnership we also hope to encourage people to attend events at other libraries and venues.  We see this as an opportunity to educate, entertain and promote libraries and other cultural institutions in the entire region and that we are all connected.

The library is pleased host the Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis from June 15 - December 30, 2009. For more information about the exhibit--curated by the Newberry Library--and the list of over 60 venues throughout the Chicago metropolitan region at which it is on display, or to access the exhibit on-line click here.  Information about the Make Big Plans series of public programs at the Lansing Public Library is listed below.

Partner Category: Public Agency

Centennial Activities

Monday, December 7, 2009 10:30am to 11:30am

Book Discussion: The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City

Lansing Public Library

The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City by Carl S. Smith is the first book to fully explore Burnham's Plan, the defining document of American urban planning. As Smith relates, Burnham and his coauthor, Edward Bennett, were careful to leave no part of the city untouched. The Plan called for an extensive greenbelt around Lake Michigan, recreational parks throughout the city's limits, a streamlined transportation system and cultural amenities like the Field Museum of Natural History.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 6:30pm

City Beautiful: Celebrating the Burnham Plan Centennial

Lansing Public Library

The year 2009 marks the centennial of Daniel Burnham’s visionary plan for Chicago and its environs. Learn about the full scope of the 1909 Plan and its relationship to European and American precedents. Follow the transition from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to the City Beautiful Movement. Art historian Jeff Mishur will present this illustrated talk. [MORE]

Monday, August 24, 2009 8:45am to 4:00pm

Make Big Plans: Burnham Centennial Bus Tour

Lansing Public Library

Happy 100th, 1909 Plan of Chicago! Through a formal presentation at the Chicago Cultural Center, and Harold Washington Library’s special exhibit, you’ll grasp the genius that shaped city planning and Chicago history. Visit Northerly Island and Jackson, Burnham and Lincoln parks. Review Burnham and Bennett’s pioneering ideas for local thoroughfares and railroad traffic. A rendezvous at Burnham’s graveside at Graceland Cemetery makes a fitting epilogue. Tour Highlights • Chicago Cultural Center Presentation/Discussion

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 6:30pm

Meet Daniel Burnham

Lansing Public Library

History comes alive as Terry Lynch portrays 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 the Union Stockyards to the city’s fabulous architecture. Burnham will introduce you to the people and events that shaped the “Windy City,” and helped transform it from the “Wild Onion” to the “City of the Big Shoulders." [MORE]

Lansing Public Library

Open to the public:
M-Th: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; F-S: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun.: Closed


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