The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) has defined a three-pronged approach for The Burnham Plan Centennial Program. First, MWRD is providing significant financial support and professional expertise to the Field Museum for public programs related to the Water exhibit and developing a Water Calculator for the region’s residents to record their potable water consumption and gray water use/disposal. Second, the MWRD co-sponsors public discourse with the Illinois Humanities Council's year-long statewide All-Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water series.The third effort will be giving tours of the Stickney Plant, the world's largest water treatment plant.

Partner Category: Public Agency

Centennial Activities

Thursday, June 25, 2009 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Cafe Science: Water

Field Museum

Join Field Museum scientist Dr. Scott Demel and Eleanor Kane from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to chat about local and global water issues. Share your thoughts on water usage, water conservation, and water shortages around the world. [MORE]

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 noon

It All Flows Downstream: Following Our Oil and Water Footprints

Illinois Humanities Council

This program, held in conjunction with the Museum's Water exhibit, will examine the impact of oil and water consumption on our lives.  It is also part of the Illinois Humanities Council's year-long statewide series: All-Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water. [MORE]

On-line Water Calculator

Field Museum

This tool let users calculate their average daily household water consumption. The calculator will allow families to record their water consumption over a period of time and track trends in both indoor and outdoor categories. It will also contain tips for water conservation and links to other resources. Use this calculator and get a chance to win rain barrels, water bottles, and more. [MORE]

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:00am

Stickney Water Reclamation Plant Tour

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Go behind the scenes of one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world! You’ll get to see the first pumping station built in 1930 and also take a tour of the new state-of-the-art facility built in 2007. Find out how this plant serves 2.38 million people over a 260-square mile area each and every day! [MORE]

Exhibit : Wednesday, June 17, 2009 to Sunday, September 20, 2009


Field Museum

Life cannot exist without it. But when was the last time you were amazed by water? Now you can immerse yourself in one of the most fascinating yet overlooked substances in the universe. In this exciting, interactive exhibition, you'll discover how water shapes our planet and impacts nearly everything we do. And how we impact the planet's water supply. See firsthand how water's power is harnessed. Step on a scale to find out what you're made of (hint: it's mostly water). And get your hands wet at this exciting, interactive exhibition. [MORE]

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago


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