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Night Out In The Parks 2017 Summer Soundwalk Series

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Break away from your daily routine. Renew your sense of place through mindfulness walks & listening in the parks.

Join your neighbors in soundwalks led by faculty and alumni from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and fellow teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience for all ages.


Ping Tom Park

1700 S. Wentworth Ave. (at the Pagoda)

Saturday, May 6 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Sonic Taste of Chinatown

Amanda Gutierrez leads a soundwalk in English and Spanish linking family histories and immigrant neighborhoods

West Ridge Nature Preserve

5801 N.
Western Ave.

Saturday, June 17
7:30 – 9:30

Calling Frog

Decode the signals and undertones of plants, animals, and urban life with Eric Leonardson (rain date June 24)

North Park Village
Nature Center

5801 N.
Pulaski Road

Friday, July 28 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Singing Insect
Monitoring Soundwalk

Become a citizen scientist with Eric Leonardson and naturalist, Dr. Carl Strang

Big Marsh

11555 S.
Stony Island Ave.

Saturday, July 29 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Between the Wind and the Ground

Norman W. Long and Sara Zalek lead a soundwalk focusing on movement with nature

Washington Park

740 E. 56th Place

(DuSable Museum sculpture garden)

Saturday, August 5 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Many Sounds:
Listening to Washington Park

Norman W. Long leads a soundwalk in DuSable Museum Sculpture garden and Washington Park. Dedicated to Gwendolyn Brooks and Margaret Burroughs Centennial Celebrations

Ping Tom Park

1700 S. Wentworth Ave. (at the Pagoda)

Sunday, August 6

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Tangles and Flows

Connective Listening: Lindsey French leads a soundwalk about plant communications

Northerly Island Park

1521 S.
Linn White Drive

Sunday, August 13 8:00 – 10:00 PM

A Prairie In the Lake

Northerly By Night soundwalk with Anthony Janas reveals a world of unheard sounds below the visible surface of the everyday

Dates, times, artists and programs are subject to change. Please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information.

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May 18 | Farm-to-Fork Dinner | The Earth Will Not Abide

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology member Eric Leonardson serves up some sounds for Farm-to-Fork Dinner, at Gallery 400. This event is part of the exhibition The Earth Will Not Abide (April 20—June 10, 2017)

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.
Chicago IL

Space is very limited; please RSVP for a seat at the table:

Join us for dinner and conversation in participation with the Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table. Guided by our guest facilitator, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, we will explore topics of food waste and our collective relationship to agriculture. Nourish your body with a farm-to-fork prepared meal by Chef Abra Berens and feed your mind with conversation around the politics of sustainability. More…

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World Listening Day “Listening to the Ground” July 18, 2017

You are invited to participate in the seventh annual World Listening Day 2017, an annual global event held on July 18.

This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground.”

“Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we find ground to walk on and can we listen for the sound or sounds of ground? Are we losing ground? Can we find new ground by listening for it?”—Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016)

In addition to this year’s theme, WLD 2017 reflects and honors the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros, who died at age 84 on 26 November 2016.

Dozens of organizations and thousands of people from six continents have participated in World Listening Day since its inception in 2010. Help share and grow participation in this annual event by adding your information to the World Listening Project’s online form:
Use hashtag #WLD2017 to connect our global community across social media.

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World Listening Day 2017 is an opportunity to consider and engage one another in an ear-minded, soundscape approach to our environment, to understand our shared role in making and listening across cultures, generations, places, disciplines, and communities, and to reflect and honor the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros, an influential woman pioneer of electronic music composition and improvisation, as well as a founder of the practice called Deep Listening. July 18, the birthday of R. Murray Schafer (b. 1933), Canadian composer and founder of the World Soundscape Project and acoustic ecology.
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Illinois News Bureau on Benefits of Soundwalking | Interview With Eric Leonardson

Eric Leonardson

Photo by David Zuchowski

On April 26 the Illinois News Bureau published Jodi Heckel’s feature with MSAE founder and co-chair Eric Leonardson on the benefits of soundwalks. On April 27 and 28 Leonardson is a guest of the Sonified Sustainability Festival at University of Illinois, in Champaign-Urbana where he leads soundwalks in Meadowbrook Park on Thursday, and Anita Purves Nature Center and Busey Woods on Friday.

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April 27 & 28 Soundwalks For Sonified Sustainability

On April 27 and 28 Midwest Society for Acoustic ecology founder and co-chair Eric Leonardson leads soundwalks as a guest of the Sonified Sustainability Festival at University of Illinois, in Champaign-Urbana.

The soundwalks will take place at 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on April 27 and 28. The April 27 walks are at Meadowbrook Park and the April 28 walks are at Busey Woods.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. The walks are limited to 25 people each.

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Chicago ‘Soundwalks’ Ask You To Stop Talking And Listen To Your City – DNAinfo Chicago

March 16, 2017: We are pleased to announce  DNAinfo Chicago’s Rogers Park & Edgewater correspondent, Justin Breen posted an article about MSAE founder, Eric Leonardson and our second annual ‘Soundwalks In the Parks Series.’

Breen notes that support of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In the Parks (NOITP) program helps Chicago teaching artists plan and lead our soundwalks. The schedule will be announced in early spring. Parks proposed for soundwalks this year include Ping Tom Park, Big Marsh, and West Ridge Nature Reserve, among others.

Also mentioned, Friday, March 17, Leonardson will present in the Shapiro Research Symposium with architect, Linda Nelson Keane, and artist, Lindsey M. French, at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s LeRoy Neiman Center.

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Join The Calling Frog Survey & Singing Insect Monitoring Program

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2014 West Ridge Nature Preserve restoration plan.

Among our new partnerships in 2016, MSAE is pleased to support two upcoming training sessions for The Calling Frog Survey, initiated by Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Singing Insect Monitoring Program initiated by Carl Strang and Chicago Park District’s North Park Village Nature Center. Our cohort discussed implementation of these “citizen science” efforts with the park and museum staff.

We are working to schedule a time to meet and discuss the Calling Frog Survey winter workshops before they start in February. Beginning and experienced monitors are welcome to participate. The first workshop is Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10:00am-Noon at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Acoustic monitoring of amphibian, insect, and other animal populations plays a key role in assessing eco-system health. Acoustic monitoring is a non-invasive, non-lethal way to track trends in the lives of animals, especially those who are elusive. Our data helps detect population changes before extinction and invasion, as well as assess the effects of land and water quality management, including ecological restoration efforts.

We look forward to sharing more details about the Singing Insect Monitoring Program, to be confirmed soon.

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Ryerson Woods Soundwalk Map

Here’s the hand-drawn map our soundwalkers made, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on 20 November, 2016, noting the various sounds heard on-site around Ryerson Cabin on the Des Plaines River.


Sound map made by soundwalkers. Photo by Eric Leonardson.

Below is a map of the route, starting from the Brushwood Center to Ryerson Cabin and back. Open Ryerson house to Ryerson cabin to view the route and photos taken along the path.

This soundwalk was led by me, Eric Leonardson with support from the Brushwood Center. As noted in the hand-drawn map shown in the photo above, among the sounds heard were small airplanes flying overhead, Sandhill Cranes, ducks (species unidentified), Flicker and another unidentified woodpecker, burbling water in the river, and our footsteps on dry leaves and mulch.

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Night Out In the Parks Chicago Soundwalk Series Continues in December

Join your neighbors in soundwalks with Chicago teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment as a listener and performer of your soundscape

image_007 image_008Join your neighbors in soundwalks with Chicago teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment as a listener and performer of your soundscape


Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explores our relationship with all the sounds around us. Discover the sounds of the city’s life: people, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Become a citizen scientist. For all ages—admission free.

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Soundwalk Through Ryerson Woods

brushwood-logo-smallDiscover the sounds of Ryerson Woods with Eric Leonardson.

1 PM – 3 PM Sunday, November 20

Listen to voices of the forest; nature’s symphony, a soundscape of the woodland’s people, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Become a citizen scientist, a poet of nature’s symphony.

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015

$3/person. Register here or call 224.633.2426 to register by phone.

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