Celebrate the Man and Plan That Made Chicago

2 Jun

Who doesn’t like Chicago’s lakefront parks and the systematic arrangement of the city’s streets? Demon Tracks certainly does! Celebrate the man and the plan that made it all happen this summer at DePaul University’s “Burnham’s Century in Motion” festival.

A 1927 D.H. Burnham and Company drawing for the Chicago’s Carbide and Carbon Building, now the Hard Rock Hotel. DePaul Art Museum collection.

A 1927 D.H. Burnham and Company drawing for Chicago’s Carbide and Carbon Building, now the Hard Rock Hotel. DePaul Art Museum collection.

The festival celebrates the legacy and the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett’s 1909 Plan of Chicago through a series of special events, including: 

Friday, June 19: Festival kick-off reception and symphony performance, featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s feature presentation of “Burnham’s Plan,” a composition written by Michael Torke to mark this special occasion. 

Saturday, June 20: Family-friendly mini-bus tour of Burnham Plan landmarks guided by DePaul professors.

Tuesday, June 23: Virtual 3-D tour of the key elements of the 1909 Plan of Chicago, including pieces never constructed. The project’s creator, Davis Schneideman, a professor at Lake Forest College, will discuss the Virtual Burnham Initiative.

Saturday, June 27: Morning tea with the descendents of Daniel Burnham Jr., the son of the creator of the Plan of Chicago.

Monday, June 29: Discussion and walking tour of the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition site with visiting scholar and author Lisa Schrenk.

Thursday, July 9: Special viewing of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s newest exhibit, “Chicago Model City,” and reception.

Saturday, July 11: Mini-bus tour exploring the legacy of the six great railroad stations, including the Burnham Company’s Chicago Union Station, that were once vibrant parts of downtown Chicago.

Wednesday, July 15: “Daniel Burnham meets St. Vincent de Paul” roundtable to discuss the spirit of public service evident in the work of Daniel Burnham and St. Vincent de Paul.

For more information or to RSVP for these events, email Lauren Fisher at Burnham@depaul.edu.

“The Burnham Plan and DePaul’s urban and Vincentian mission are a perfect match, as Burnham’s vision and DePaul help make Chicago a world-class city,” says Joseph Schwieterman, director of DePaul’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development. “This effort celebrates the past and continues the conversation among scholars, students and the community about how to continue improving Chicago.”

DePaul’s centennial celebrations are held in collaboration with Chicago Metropolis 2020 and its 150 partner organizations, the Harry F. Chaddick Foundation, other universities and civic leaders.

One Response to “Celebrate the Man and Plan That Made Chicago”

  1. Backlinks December 6, 2010 at 5:21 am #

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