The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The Wheaton Public Library is pleased to host the Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis from June 22 - November 1, 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, or to access the exhibit on-line click here.  Information about the Make Big Plans series of public programs at the Wheaton Library is listed below.

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Centennial Activities

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 7:00pm

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

Wheaton Public Library

James R. Akerman, The Newberry Library, an historian of maps and Joseph P. Schwieterman, DePaul University, a transportation planning expert 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]

Monday, July 20, 2009 7:00pm

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

Wheaton 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.  Join panelists: Diane Dillon, The Newberry Library; Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College; and Joyce O’Keefe, Openlands, for a discussion about the aesthetic id [MORE]

Monday, June 22, 2009 7:00pm

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

Wheaton 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.

Wheaton Public Library

Open to the public:
Mon-Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm

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