The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The Schaumburg Township District Library consists of the Central library and two branch libraries in Hoffman Estates and Hanover Park. The Central library is located at Roselle and Golf Roads in Schaumburg, Illinois, in a development called Town Square. We serve more than 136,000 residents in parts of Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Roselle, Schaumburg and Streamwood, in addition to unincorporated areas. The township's population is both economically and ethnically varied.

The Schaumburg Township District Library is pleased host the Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis exhibit through October 31, 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.

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Centennial Activities

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Chicago Planner Daniel Burnham

Schaumburg Township District Library

In this centennial year of the Burnham Plan, meet Daniel Burnham, portrayed by Living History’s R.J. Lindsey, as he narrates a slide program detailing the Chicago Fire of 1871, the building of the World’s Columbian Exhibition, and the Chicago development plan of 1909.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Road Plan

Schaumburg Township District Library

In Dave Clark’s presentation, look at Daniel Burnham's and Edward Bennett's concepts for road building that included grand boulevards as well as a system of radiating and encircling highways throughout Chicago and the suburbs. [MORE]

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 8:45am to 4:00pm

Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham’s Centennial

Schaumburg Township District Library

Happy 100th to the 1909 Plan of Chicago! Begin with a presentation at the Chicago Cultural Center and a visit to the Harold Washington Library’s special exhibit. Travel to Jackson Park, Burnham Park, Northerly Island and Lincoln Park as Chicago Cultural Center guides detail the genius of Daniel Burnham, who shaped the city and Chicago history. Fee: $51 includes lunch.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The Burnham Plan

Schaumburg Township District Library

Daniel Burnham’s visionary plan for Chicago shaped the city and suburbs. Art Historian Jeff Mishur presents this slide lecture. [MORE]

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