The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2009,  the Niles Public Library directly serves over 58,000 district residents.  The staff's success  in providing responsive collections and relevant programs can be guaged by the library's climbing annual circulation, now in excess of  more than 1,000,000 items.  The 65,000 square foot library is a proud member of the North Suburban Library System. 

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Centennial Activities

Sunday, September 20, 2009 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Daniel Burnham's Chicago

Niles Public Library District

The noted Chicago historical actor, Terry Lynch, appears as America's preeminent urban planner to explain his strategy for creating a well-ordered and convenient city far beyond its origins as a place of wild onions. [MORE]

Exhibit : Wednesday, July 1, 2009 to Saturday, October 31, 2009

Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis

Niles Public Library District

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett’s Plan of Chicago, the Burnham Plan Centennial Committee and The Newberry Library are creating a photopanel and digital exhibit entitled Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham’s Vision of an American Metropolis. Curated by the Newberry, the show will be on display from June through December 2009 in public libraries and other venues throughout the metropolitan region, and will be a focal point of the Centennial.

Sunday, October 4, 2009 2:00pm to 3:30pm

The Life and Contributions of Billy Caldwell

Niles Public Library District

Military historian and museum educator, Fred Christensen, traces the life and deeds of Chief Sauganash (a.k.a. Billy Caldwell, the Potawatomi leader who gave his name and his tribe's lands for a local road and the nearby forest preserve, providing the village of Niles with an important green space. [MORE]

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Understanding the Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis Exhbition

Niles Public Library District

In this illustrated lecture, Diane Dillon will introduce the audience to the Plan of Chicago, the landmark city plan published by DanielBurnham and Edward H. Bennett in 1909.  She will survey the major ideas set forth in the Plan and discuss their continuing relevance today.  She will also talk about the various special exhibitions and public programs that will take place during 2009 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Plan of Chicago.

Niles Public Library District

Open to the public:
Monday-Thursday, 9am to 9pm; Friday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday from Labor Day-Memorial Day, 1pm to 5 pm


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