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Hush City Soundwalk, September 15 in Chicago

Join us on Sunday, September 15 at 10:00 AM at PO Box Collective for free, public guided soundwalk to map and evaluate quiet places in the city, led by Eric Leonardson, professor in Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and founder […]

MSAE Summer Soundwalks 2019

MSAE Summer Soundwalks 2019

Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology is happy to announce its fourth annual series with the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In the Parks program. Break away from your daily routine. Renew your sense of place through mindfulness walks and listening in the parks. Join your neighbors in […]

Hear Below: Listening to Chicago Underground

By Eric Leonardson

February 9, 2019: On a cold winter afternoon in downtown Chicago more than 30 people gathered for Hear Below: Listening To Chicago Underground, a free, public soundwalk co-hosted by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and NON:op: Open Opera Works. The founders of each of these nonprofit organizations, myself and Christophe Preissing, led the diverse group of participants through the underground pedway, a lesser-known feature of Chicago’s architectural landscape, an extended, subterranean network of passageways, built over decades,, connecting key points of transportation, commerce, and government. The walk began inside the Illinois Center at the northeast corner of Lake Street and Michigan Avenue, and concluded at the CTA Blue Line Station at Washington and Dearborn.