One Book, One Chicago Fall 2009
The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and
the Remaking of the American City by Carl Smith
is the 17th selection for One Book, One Chicago.
As Mayor and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I invite you to participate in the Fall 2009 One Book, One Chicago program presented by the Chicago Public Library.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Plan of Chicago—Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett’s bold vision for our city and region—the Library has selected Carl Smith’s The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City. This book is essential to understanding our city’s evolution from prairie, to industrial hub, to the city we know today. Smith gives remarkable insight into the need for and creation of such an ambitious plan for our city in 1909, a plan now regarded as a landmark in the history of urban planning.
The award-winning One Book, One Chicago program encourages all Chicagoans to read the same book at the same time, offering events, discussions, exhibits and more to enhance the experience. This book will bring people together to learn about our city’s past and to contemplate its future. All Chicagoans will enjoy learning more about the Plan of Chicago, and will be inspired by Burnham’s reimagining of our city and his determination to “Make No Little Plans,” as he famously said.
You can find a copy of The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City at your neighborhood Chicago Public Library or bookstore. Please take part in one of the many events and discussions throughout October, including a lecture by Carl Smith on October 24.
Richard M. Daley