The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


 The University of Chicago is one of the world’s great intellectual communities and centers of learning.  It has achieved particular distinction through faculty scholarship, the training of graduate students, and undergraduate education that emphasizes critical thinking and broad interdisciplinary exposure to the full range of intellectual discovery.

 Chicago’s atmosphere of free and open inquiry has led to classic studies of literary criticism and urban sociology; the development of ecology and the study of religions as academic fields; pioneering analysis of legal issues from an economic point of view; and the reshaping of modern economics.  In recent years, Chicago researchers have reconstructed the evolution of the early universe in astonishing detail and made important discoveries about the roles of specific genes in the development of several diseases and psychiatric disorders.  Eighty-one recipients of the Nobel Prize have been students, researchers, or faculty here.  Since 1979, Chicago’s faculty has been honored with the Nobel Prize thirteen times.

The University features some of the finest cultural resources in Chicago, including Court Theatre, the Oriental Institute Museum, the Renaissance Society, Robie House, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, the Smart Museum of Art, and the University of Chicago Presents concert series. 

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Centennial Activities

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 6:00pm

All's Fair in Oil and Water: Conflicts, Compromises, and Compacts

Illinois Humanities Council

Access to valuable natural resources has often generated conflict between nations, regions, communities, individuals, and corporations. What can we learn about how tensions over oil and water have been handled in the past? How are communities pitted against each other when it comes to access and control of these resources? How can we address current and prevent future disagreements?

Burnham Books

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Press is the proud publisher of Carl Smith's acclaimed Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, the choice for this Fall's One Book, One Chicago program sponsored by the Chicago Public Library. [MORE]

Saturday, January 10, 2009 1:00pm to 4:00pm

The Breadth and Depth of the Burnham Plan

University of Chicago

This Graham School Course celebrates the 100th anniversary of Daniel H. Burnham’s Plan of Chicago. His vision of “Paris on the Prairie” was so influential that it continues to shape Chicago today. We will delve into Burnham’s philosophy, which forms the foundation of the Plan, and will look at other incarnations of the City Beautiful movement. [MORE]

Friday, May 8, 2009 9:00am to 5:00pm

The City Revisited: Community and Community Action in the 21st Century

University of Chicago

Grounded in the work of the School of Social Service Administration’s forebears and Chicago School scholarship, this seminar will explore contemporary issues concerning community, community action, and community change. [MORE]

Thursday, April 2, 2009 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Environment and the City

Field Museum

Join The Field Museum, Field Museum and the University of Chicago's Civic Knowledge Project and the Neighborhood Writing Alliance for a special workshop exploring what the environment means in an urban setting, and how we can work together to create environmentally-friendly communities. This workshop will use short film clips and other interactive materials to help us think about how the "environment" plays a role in our everyday lives. [MORE]

Saturday, May 9, 2009 9:00am to 5:00pm

The South Side: Planning It, Making It, Mapping It

University of Chicago

What is the South Side of Chicago and how did it come to be? Please join us for a highly unusual daylong bus tour that will take us from Altgeld Gardens (made famous by Barack Obama) to Woodlawn, Hyde Park, Bronzeville, Bridgeport, Hull House, and other famous neighborhoods and institutions. [MORE]

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 7:00pm

The World's First Cities: Babylon and Beyond

Oriental Institute

The world’s first cities were built in the ancient Middle East more than 5,000 years ago, and many faced issues that confront our cities of today. In this richly illustrated lecture, Geoff Emberling, Museum Director of the Oriental Institute, explores cities from the plains of Mesopotamia to the fertile Nile Valley in ancient Egypt. 

University of Chicago


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