• Third Coast Festival
  • Navy Pier
  • 848 East Grand
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • 60611-3509

the who, what, why, how

Based in Chicago, the Third Coast International Audio Festival (TCIAF) curates sound-rich audio stories from around the world and shares them with as many ears as possible – on the radio, on the Internet, and at public listening events all over the place. Operating year-round, Third Coast offers producers and listeners a multitude of ways to celebrate audio storytelling: 

Listen up!

It’s an Audio Library

This website is packed with more than one thousand audio stories of all stripes, producer interviews, weekly podcasts, archived conference sessions and the latest Festival happenings.

It's a weekly Radio Show

Re:sound, a remix of audio goodness from around the world, airs Saturdays at 1 pm and Wednesdays at 10 pm on WBEZ 91.5FM Chicago. Tune in for radio you can't hear anywhere else, unless you live everywhere else.

It's a National Radio Show

Best of the Best: The Third Coast Festival Broadcast showcases the winners of the Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition and airs on stations across the country each fall.

It's a Podcast

The weekly Third Coast Podcast, hosted by Re:sound producer Dennis Funk, presents Re:sound episodes and special features from our vast audio library.


Public Listening Events

TCF listening events present audio work – in Chicago and beyond - in theaters, cafes, bars... anywhere with a good set of speakers. The Third Coast Filmless Festival, a day-long celebration of sound and story, is held in Chicago biennally. 

One of our favorite ways to share new podcasts is Podcast Therapy. At live events of all sorts, Third Coast's trained Podcast Therapists respond to personal problems with 'sonic cures,' selected from a treasure trove of podcast remedies. 

ShortDocs Challenge

Each spring the TCF ShortDocs Challenge invites producers and listeners alike to make short audio stories based on a specific set of rules. No prior experience is necessary.


The annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition honors the most creative and compelling audio work being produced worldwide. Look for our call for entries in early May.


Held biennially in Chicago, the Third Coast Conference gathers producers from all over the world to talk shop and share wisdoms about the art and craft of documentary radio production.


About the Pigeon

AKA "Pidgey"... he's urban, savvy and gregarious, and a natural-born messenger - the perfect mascot fit.

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