The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The Oak Brook Public Library’s mission is to provide professional, responsive service and to promote the development of independent, self-confident and literate citizens through the provision of open access to cultural, recreational, intellectual and informational resources.

We will celebrate Bold Plans, Big Dreams by informing the community of Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett’s plan for the Chicago metropolitan area, set into motion 100 years ago. To continue with their legacy, we will host several events at the library to promote Oak Brook:  its history, open spaces, parks and forest preserves, retail and corporate centers, and its people: diverse in ehtniciaty, culture and religion.

As part of the Burnham Plan Centennial, the Oak Brook Public Library is one of 67 venues hosting Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis. For more information on this exhibits and the public programs associated with it throughout the region, click here.

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Centennial Activities

Monday, April 13, 2009 7:00pm

City Beautiful: Celebrating the Burnham Plan Centennial

Oak Brook Public Library

Jeff Mishur of Art Excursions presents this slide lecture on the Burnham Plan, along with its orgin and sources. Learn about the full scope of the 1909 plan and its relationship to European and American precedents; follow the transition from the 1803 World's Columbian Exposition to the City Beautiful Movement; explore details of the Plan. Registration is required. [MORE]

Exhibit : Monday, June 1, 2009 to Sunday, November 15, 2009

Photography Exhibit: Celebrating the Village of Oak Brook

Oak Brook Public Library

Students of Jeff and Donna Franklin's class on Digital Photography will display their work. The focus will be on areas of open space, beauty, and civic life within Oak Brook. [MORE]

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