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Continuous Broadcasts Along 606 Will Feature Personal Stories Of Chicago

By Mina Bloom | June 29, 2017 3:18pm
 A rendering of the new audio installation called
A rendering of the new audio installation called "Voiceover," meant to give the elevated trail a sense of identity.
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Courtesy/Latent Design

LOGAN SQUARE — Soon both residents and tourists alike will be able to tell anonymous personal stories about Chicago — everything from gripes to endorsements — along The 606's Bloomingdale Trail, which will then be broadcast for all runners, cyclists and walkers to enjoy.

It's the goal of a new audio installation called "Voiceover," one of 10 projects developed under "The Cities Project," a series created by The National Trust For Historic Preservation, Heineken and Latent Design to give landmarks a sense of identity.

Once the kiosks are installed in late summer/early fall, all folks have to do to participate is tell an anonymous one or two-minute story in response to a series of prompts.

Once they're deemed appropriate for public consumption, the stories will then be broadcast openly and continuously for all trail users to hear — no headphones necessary. 

A rendering of the installation. [Latent Design]

"This is your chance to tell the world those things you’ve always wanted to say about your city," the campaign reads. "What you love. What drives you nuts. What you’re hopeful of. What you wish would go away."

The goal? "Create and broadcast Chicago’s longest-running story."

Over the last several months, the project partners have been raising money through an online fundraising campaign to buy the kiosks and install them along the elevated trail. As of Thursday afternoon, the campaign had raised $30,720. The campaign ends Friday.

The team hopes to begin broadcasting stories shortly after the kiosks are installed. There is no limit on the number of stories for broadcast.