The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The mission of the Palos Park Public Library is to provide a wide range of books, resources and programs for a lifetime of learning and enjoyment in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.  The library is an important place for all community members to gather and socialize, we provide meeting space, areas to sit and read quietly and room to study and work together.

To commemorate the Centennial the library will provide the residents of Palos Park information about the legacy of the Burnham Plan and to open a dialogue among the residents about the process of planning and how it affects not only the current and future residents of this community.

As part of the Burnham Plan Centennial, the Palos Park 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

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 10:00am

Book Discussion

Palos Park Public Library

The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City  by Carl S. Smith will be discussed by the book discussion group on Wednesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. [MORE]

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 7:00pm

Forgotten Chicago

Palos Park Public Library

Members of the  web site Forgotten Chicago will present a powerpoint lecture about the history of Chicago's forgotten architecutre, neighborhoods and cityscape.  Forgotten Chicago is a collection of photographs and information documenting little known elements of Chicago's infrastructure, architecture, neighborhoods and general cityscape.  The hope is "that by exposing many of these often overlooked elements of Chicago’s built environment to a wider audience will result in more i

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 7:00pm

Shaping the Waterways: Environmental Imagination and the Making of Chicago

Palos Park Public Library

Theodore J. Karamanski, Professor of History at Loyola University in Chicago, and author of the book, "Maritime Chicago", will present a program on the manner in which  the Chicago metropolitan area has developed due the manipulating its environment.   Prof. Karamanski's illustrated lecture will explore the cause and consequences, intended and otherwise, of eight major environmental decisions, from 1836 to 1979, that continue to shape the lands and waters of the Chicagoland area. [MORE]

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 7:00pm

The Magic to Stir Men’s Blood: Daniel Burnham and His Plan for Chicago

Palos Park Public Library

Speaker:   Barbara Geiger, Adjunct Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, Program of Landscape Architecture [MORE]

Open to the public:
Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Palos Park Public Library
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Contact: Sheila Sosnicki
Administrative Librarian

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