Calendar of Events

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 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.

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!

Ping Tom Memorial Park

1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Friday July 12

7:30—8:30 pm


Anthony Janas

Meet at the Pagoda to hear how sound provides the foundation to the dynamic landscape of Ping Tom Park, underwater listening station included!

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West Ridge Nature Preserve

5801 N. Western Ave.

Saturday July 13

10am—3 pm

Field Recording Workshop

Eric Leonardson

Learn how to listen and record outdoors with Eric Leonardson, Inferno Mobile Recording Studio (Chicago Park District) and Experimental Sound Studio. Limited places available, please RSVP.

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Eckhart Park

1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Thursday July 18

7—8 pm

Walking with the Limits of Gender

Amanda Gutierrez

Explore public spaces (primarily imagined) adapted for the bodily needs and rhythms of non-conforming bodies.

This is World Listening Day 2019, part of the global community events taking place on July 18th.

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Big Marsh Park

11555 S. Stony Island Ave.

Saturday July 20

3—5 pm

Listening for Resilience

Norman W. Long and Sara Zalek

Our exploration of resiliency through Big Marsh Park includes exercises which ready the body for listening acutely and sharing our encounters.

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Indian Boundary Park

2500 W. Lunt Ave.

Thursday July 25


Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk

Carl Strang, Eric Leonardson, and Kathleen Soler

Learn and enjoy all those summertime sounds with artist, Eric Leonardson, naturalist, Dr. Carl Strang and bug-meister, Kathleen Soler. Meet at the park field house.

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West Pullman Nature Area

401 W. 123rd St.

Tuesday July 30

7:30—9 pm

Perceptual Remapping

Andy Slater

Explore the nuance of Chicago’s most historical sonic landscapes while creating your own sound map of the West Pullman nature area.

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