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A prolific architect, trailblazing city planner and civic leader, Daniel Burnham has been described as both a pragmatic realist and a visionary idealist. CAC docent Marcia Matavulj dives into this apparent contradiction on July 25 and Sept. 5.

$8 Public
Free for CAC members

This program will be hosted on Zoom. Approximately 3 hours before the start of the program, you will receive a link directly from Zoom with details about how to access and view it.

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This program will explore Burnham’s architectural practice during Chicago’s fast-moving progression from short buildings with load-bearing walls to steel-framed skyscrapers never seen before. This presentation also explores the impact of the World’s Columbian Exposition on Burnham’s career and life—how it affected his approach to architecture and set him on a path toward urban planning and civic leadership.


Marcia Matavulj

Marcia Matavulj is a native Chicagoan with a longtime interest in the city’s architecture and history. This led her to become a CAC member, exploring the city through its many downtown and neighborhood tours. After retiring from a career in information technology, Matavulj fulfilled her goal to become a CAC docent in 2008 and now leads both walking and bus tours.

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