The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The Orland Park Public Library serves the residents of the Village of Orland Park. The library serves a population of more than 57,000 people and circulates more than 625,000 items per year. The library moved into its new, award-winning, 93,000 square foot building in September 2004 and currently has a collection of more than 180,000 items.

The library is pleased host the Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis exhibition from June 15 - November 30, 2009. For more information about the exhibit—curated by the Newberry Library—and the list of more than 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 Orland Park Public Library is listed below.

Partner Category: Public Agency

Centennial Activities

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 7:00pm

Chicago as the Nation's Crossroads: Our Region's Transportation History and Future through Policy and Maps

Orland Park Public Library

James R. Akerman -- historian of maps, The Newberry Library -- and Joseph P. Schwieterman -- transportation planning expert, DePaul University -- join forces to explore Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett's treatment of transportation in the Plan of Chicago and to examine the region's role as the crossroads of America. Burnham and Bennett clearly understood Chicago's strategic location as a transportaion hub for the region and the nation, and their vision has profound implications for the city and region today. [MORE]

Thursday, September 17, 2009 7:00pm

City Beautiful: Celebrating the Burnham Centennial

Orland Park Public Library

Jeff Mishur of Art Excursions explores the Burnham plan along with its origins and sources. 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 so eloquently manifested in Burnham's plan for Chicago. [MORE]

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 7:00pm

From City Beautiful to City Green: Chicago and the Evolution of its Regional Environment

Orland Park Public Library

In 1909 in the Plan of Chicago, Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett responded to large problems in the city and its region -- problems that included the lack of public open and green spaces, and an ill-coordinated relationship of the city to its region. [MORE]

Saturday, September 19, 2009 11:00am to 12:30pm

Lego Time Youth Services Program

Orland Park Public Library

Children are invited to become a “Lego Architect” and build Lego structures in honor of Daniel Burnham. These structures will be on display at the library during the month of October. [MORE]

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 7:00pm

Meet Daniel Burnham presented by R.J. Lindsey

Orland Park Public Library

R. J. Lindsey, as Daniel Burnham, narrates a slide program detailing the Chicago Fire of 1871, the building of the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition, and the Chicago Plan of 1909 outlining the development plan for the city. He will also speak in regards to the innovations and architecture of several Burnham designed buildings: Reliance, Monadnock, Montauck and Rookery. A display of original 1893 World's Fair souvenirs will also be on display [MORE]

Friday, June 5, 2009 7:00pm

Meet the Artist - Joe O'Grady

Orland Park Public Library

Photographer Joe O'Grady will show and discuss his photographic study of Daniel Burnham structures. [MORE]

Thursday, June 25, 2009 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City

Orland Park Public Library

Join Carl Smith, Professor, Northwestern University for an illustrated talk, based on his prize-winning book on the Plan.  Part of the Make BIg Plans exhibit region-wide program series, Smith will describe this document's fascinating history and explain its central role in shaping Chicago and American city life. [MORE]

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 7:00pm

Planning Orland Park, Planning Chicago

Orland Park Public Library

“Make no little plans” was clearly the motto of Daniel Burnham and his partner Edward Bennett. Just what does it mean for Chicago's suburbs and specifically Orland Park? Join local architect Max Bianchini as he compares the planning of the buildings, transportation systems and green space of Orland Park and Chicago. [MORE]

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 7:00pm

Preserving our Green Space

Orland Park Public Library

How does the concept of Burnham's City Beautiful manifest itself in Chicago's Suburb's and specifically for Orland Park? Daniel Burnham's vision is a platform upon which we have built the evolution of conservation science in our region and in our own hometown. From within a world class city, Chicago, to the southwest suburb of Orland Park-from within Cook County reaching out throughout Chicago wilderness, join Pat Hayes from the Orland Park Grasslands as she discusses the impact preserving our green space can have to our community. [MORE]

Orland Park Public Library

Open to the public:
9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday

Website: http://www.orlandparklibrary...

Orland Park Public Library
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
708-428-5196 (fax)
[Get Directions]

Contact: Orland Park Public Library
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
708-428-5196 (Fax)

The Burnham Plan Centennial
© Copyright 2009

c/o Chicago Metropolis 2020
30 West Monroe Street, 18th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60603 • (312)332-2020

Site developed and hosted by
The University of Chicago Library