Museum of Science and Industry

The Plan of Chicago

May 17, 2008 |

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Lecture Essentials

  • Date:
  • May 17, 2008
  • Time:
  • 1:00 PM
  • Cost:
  • Member adult: $5
    Member child (12-17): $3
    Non-member adult: $15
    Non-member child: $12
    Doctorate in Science members: FREE
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Professor Carl Smith of Northwestern University will present a slide lecture on the 1909 Plan of Chicago, often called the Burnham Plan after its principal author, legendary architect and city planner Daniel Burnham. Smith is author of the book The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, published by the University of Chicago Press, which recently won the Lewis Mumford Prize for Best Book in Planning History 2005-2007. Arguably the most influential document in the history of American urban planning, The Plan is full of stirring prose and magnificent illustrations. It proposed many of the city’s most distinctive features, including its lakefront parks and roadways, the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier. It established the concept of city planning in the United States and encouraged the reconceptualization of urban life itself. Book signing follows. (Purchase The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City in the Big Idea Store—with your member discount!)

This series was created to educate Museum of Science and Industry members about science, technology and the history of the Museum. Lectures will be held in the Auditorium, located on the Main Floor adjacent to the Group Entrance. The lecture series is recommended for ages 12 and over.

Doctorate in Science members can attend the Inventive Genius Lecture Series for no Charge. Registration is encouraged and space is limited. It is important to include your Doctorate in Science membership number. This benefit is limited to the number of individuals that appear on your membership card after the word "admit".

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  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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