THE CHICAGO ØØ PROJECT
'Chicago 00' refers to the corner of State and Madison where the city’s street numbering begins; this was the site of our first AR experience prototypes: users discovered in downtown locations images from the last century while standing in the exact location as photographers long ago. In 2015, our first prototype--an AR experience around the corner of State and Madison--was demoed as a live AR tour. With production grant funding from the Princess Grace Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the first 'episode' of the Chicago 00 project, an immersive AR experience on the site of the Eastland Disaster, was published to the Apple and Android app stores October 2016. Further episodes are in development: explorations of the history of the Chicago River, the modern skyscraper, the Chicago Fire, and Chicago's two world expositions. Each episode explores this new medium and channel for sharing Chicago's rich media archives with the public: history embedded in the objects and places of our city.
Past AR tour events are documented below.
Chicago 00 featured on CHICAGO TONIGHT (WTTW / PBS)
In-app video documentation from our October 2015 prototype and AR tour event at Design Matters
On-site with the Chicago 00
Views from Chicago 00
In-app documentation from our April 2015 State Street AR Experience at Museums and the Web
Views from Chicago 00
State Street (rollovers)
In-app views, April 2015.
MW conference, AR tour with app prototype
Chicago 00 Augmented Reality tour at the Museums and the Web conference, Chicago, April 11, 2015.
An onsite tour for attendees of the Museum and the Web conference, Chicago, April 11, 2015.
Museum and the Web attendees were invited to meet with the developers of CHICAGO 00, to experience an AR walking tour of downtown using the Chicago 00 app prototype. Assistant Professor Alan Rhodes from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Visual Communication Design and Chicago History Museum's Director of Curatorial Affairs, John Russick, led the group a few blocks away to the corner of State and Madison streets; the virtual tour was both an excursion through the physical city via the app and an exploration and discussion with colleagues on the challenges and opportunities presented by such technologies.