The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The Waukegan Public Library has served the residents of Waukegan for over 110 years. The library strives to add quality to people's lives by providing opportuntiies to learn, gather, be informed and entertained. The library's collection exceeds 250,000 items and includes one of the largest CD and DVD collections in Lake County.

The main library is located in downtown Waukegan, north of the County Building. In addition, here is a branch in the Waukegan Park District's Field House located at Grand and Baldwin, and two bookmobiles to serve residents.

As part of the Burnham Plan Centennial, the Waukegan 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.

Making no small plans, the library is planning on opening an annex in downtown Waukegan that will house a used bookstore, adult literacy program, exhibit space and program and conference rooms. The annex is scheduled to open in December, 2010.


Partner Category: Civic and Non-Profit Organization

Centennial Activities

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Global Warming: What's a Kid to Do?

Waukegan Public Library

In the spirit of Daniel Burnham's forward-looking Plan of Chicago, Kidworks Touring Theatre Co. presents a “hands-on” exploration of climate changes around the world, told from the perspective of endangered animals and plants.

Exhibit : Friday, June 26, 2009 to Thursday, November 26, 2009

Waukegan Lakefront-Downtown Master Plan Exhibit

City of Waukegan

The City of Waukegan has developed a photopanel exhibit to showcase Waukegan's award-winning master plan, corresponding to the Centennial's program objectives to inspire and educate and initiate bold plans. The exhibit gives visitors a chance to experience the bold, expansive regional plan on several different scales, and showcase the future vision. Also, it provides information about the status of implementation within the master plan redevelopment area. [MORE]

Waukegan Public Library

Open to the public:
Mon-Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays during the school year 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Waukegan Public Library
128 N. County Street
Waukegan, IL 60030
847.623.2094 (fax)
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Contact: Elizabeth Stearns, Assistant Director of Community Services, 847-623-2041

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