The Chicago00 Project is a partnership between the Chicago History Museum and filmmaker Geoffrey Alan Rhodes to produce and publish a series of site-specific, interactive, immersive multimedia experiences designed to showcase the Museum’s film, photo, and sound archive and share Chicago’s stories in new and unique ways. All Chicago00 augmented and virtual reality experiences are free.


‘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, thefirst 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 the city.

You can see past prototypes and tour events, here.


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  A Century of Progress

  Available on Google Play and App Store.

Chicago00:  A Century of Progress is a virtual reality experience of Chicago’s 1933 World’s Fair. Images from the Chicago History Museum’s photography and film archives are combined with contemporary 360 degree site photography to immerse audiences in an experience of a specific place and time in the past. Using historical photos taken from the fair’s 628 foot Sky Ride and new drone photography, audiences are transported along the route of the Sky Ride cable cars high above the fair.

Chicago00:  A Century of Progress provides a unique view into the fleeting and sensational city within a city that attracted nearly 50 million visitors to the shores of Lake Michigan in the midst of the Great Depression.