This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Burnham and Bennett’s monumental plan for Chicago—an overarching vision of civic buildings, railroad systems, lakefront renovation and boulevard chains conceived at the very dawn of urban planning. Though Burnham’s Paris on the Prairie came to only partial fruition, the Plan remains at the core of Chicago’s identity, as representative of the Big Shoulder’s world- (and nature-) beating tenacity as our backward-flowing river. This weekend, as part of the citywide Burnham Plan Centennial celebration, The Moving Architects present a new work inspired by Union Station—its history, architecture and “location for modern human transience.” Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton and company collaborated with musician Ian Hatcher in this physical meditation on travel and the human spirit. (Sharon Hoyer)
At Church of the Epiphany, 201 S. Ashland (312)343-2840, May 15 and 16, 8pm. $15 in advance, $18 at the door.