2021 Calendar of Events

Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology is happy to announce its sixth series with the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In the Parks program. Night Out in the Parks activates parks across the city with robust cultural events.

Join MSAE in six sonic experiences 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. Experience the sounds of Chicago and its nature from a new perspective!

Presented by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Night Out In the Parks brings arts and culture to over 500 parks across the city, free and open for public participation. All events are FREE!

Every event in the series will observe and be in compliance with City of Chicago and Chicago Park District health and safety guidelines.

Additionally, MSAE will be hosting a soundwalk led by MSAE member Mike Weiss in Kalamazoo, MI at the Kleinstuck Preserve on Thursday, September 16th from 6-7PM. Facebook Event

Steelworkers Park

87th at S. Lake Shore Dr.

Saturday, July 10


Rain Date: July 17, 10-11AM

Ambient Encounters: Eco-Orientation

Veronica Salinas

A soundwalk focusing on the orientation of the body to the ecological landscape at Steelworkers Park. The soundwalk will incorporate cardinal point listening meditations, eco-poetics, and light movement.

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Marian R. Byrnes Park

2200 E. 103rd St.

Sunday, July 18


Rain Date: July 24, 4-6PM

Resurgence: Slag, Moss, Soil, Air

Norman W. Long, and Sara Zalek

Norman W. Long and Sara Zalek will lead a guided soundwalk following the recovery of the soundscape of Marian R. Byrnes Park. Listening stations along the walk will focus our attention to sounds via hydrophones, contact microphones, and culminate with a live performance.

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Lakeshore State Park

500 North Harbor Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Sunday, July 18



World Listening Day Soundwalk

Linda Keane

In celebration of World Listening Day, MSAE board member Linda Keane will lead a soundwalk in Milwaukee’s Lakeshore State Park. Celebrate listening as a way to better understand the built and natural environments. This event is organized in partnership with Black Box Fund.

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Big Marsh Park

11555 S. Stony Island Ave.

Wednesday, August 11


Rain Date: August 18, 7-9PM

Singing Insects Soundwalk

Eric Leonardson, Dr. Carl Strang, and Kathleen Soler

Eric Leonardson will lead the group through listening exercises during a short soundwalk which will then be followed by a singing insect monitor training and a second soundwalk led by Dr. Carl Strang.

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Burnham Nature Sanctuary

E47th St. and Cornell Dr.

Friday, August 27


Sound as Sight

Andy Slater

Sound as Sight is a soundwalk led by Andy Slater, a Chicago-based media artist, sound designer, teaching artist, and disability advocate.

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Columbus Refectory

500 S. Central Ave.

Saturday, September 4


Rain Date: TBA

Sympathetic Resonance

Paige Alice Naylor

Join teaching artist and Deep Listener, Paige Naylor, in an immersive soundwalk at the Columbus Refectory. Participants will be invited to consider the corporeal alongside the conceptual as they closely monitor their relationship to sounds.

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River Park

5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Saturday, September 11


Rain Date: TBA

Songpath at River Park and Swedish Hospital Healing Garden

Ryan Ingebritsen

Songpath is a compositionally guided listening hike intended to transform the soundscape of a public space into a musical experience.

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Dates, times, artists and programs are subject to change. Please visit Facebook Page or email info@mwsae.org for more information or questions.