The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees. Its 1,700 acres hold collections of more than 4,000 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. Situated on the rolling Valparaiso moraine and bisected by the East Branch of the DuPage River, The Morton Arboretum is planned and planted to nurture and display trees and shrubs in environments conducive to their growth.

In addition to the programming below, the Morton Arboretum is pleased host the Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis  exhibit through September 14, 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, to access the exhibit on-line or learn more about the Make Big Plans series of public programs click here.

Partner Category: Civic and Non-Profit Organization

Centennial Activities

Exhibit : Friday, May 1, 2009 to Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Worth His Salt: Joy Morton's Role in the 1909 Plan of Chicago

Morton Arboretum

Today, Chicagoans remember Joy Morton as the man who sold salt and planted trees. Few realize the significant role he played in developing the 1909 Plan of Chicago. A long-time member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, Morton served on its Executive Committee, chaired its important committee on railway terminals, and joined other members of the Commercial Club in backing up the Plan’s rhetoric with his own money and influence.

Saturday, May 16, 2009 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Salt, Chicago, and Trees: Joy Morton's Life

Morton Arboretum

Jim Ballowe, author and distinguished professor emeritus of Bradley University, will be discussion material from his new book, A Man of Salt and Trees: The Life of Joy Morton. Join Ballowe to hear about Morton's life, his contributions to the Plan of Chicago, and to look at the process of writing his biography. [MORE]

Saturday, May 23, 2009 7:00am to 4:00pm

Spring on the Lakeshore

Morton Arboretum

Celebrate the Burnham Plan's open space vision with a visit to  two of the region's most significant natural areas -- Illinois Beach State Park (Zion, IL) and Chiwaukee Prairie Natural Area (Pleasant Prairie, WI) -- at a time when they are at their most beautiful and active with spring bird migration! At Illinois Beach State Park marsh, sedge meadow, three kinds of prairie, sand savanna, health and foredunes combine to create an incomparable landscape.

Morton Arboretum


Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
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