HEAR BELOW: Listening to Chicago Underground
A Soundwalk in Chicago’s Pedway System
2pm Saturday, February 9, 2019
Meet inside the Illinois Center located at northeast corner of Lake Street and Michigan Avenue, near Wow Bao. The soundwalk concludes near Starbucks below the Richard J. Daley Center near Clark and Randolph Streets.
Hear Below: Listening to Chicago Underground will explore the east to west route from the lobby of One Prudential Plaza, passing through the South Shore Platform, Millennium Station, the Chicago Cultural Center, Macy’s, the Red Line station, Block 37, the Blue Line Station, and end near Starbucks below the Richard J. Daley Center. We will stop and listen to the unique sound environment of each of these segments of the Pedway, get a little history along the way and conclude with a conversation at the end of the soundwalk.
It is through experiencing the hustle and bustle of this rather ordinary of conveyances, the Pedway, that according to urban critic Jane Jacobs, reveals “the seemingly mysterious and perverse behavior of cities”. That by looking and listening “closely, and with as little previous expectation as is possible, at the most ordinary scenes and events, [we can] attempt to see what they mean and whether any threads of principle emerge among them.”