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

Listening out in the world

Third Coast listening events (often called "Listening Rooms") present unforgettable audio work in a public setting -- a theater, a coffee shop, a bar -- anywhere with a good set of speakers and where people can gather together and listen. Each event features a special guest and includes a diverse selection of documentary audio work. It’s a little like a book club for radio.

Also! Have docs, will travel. In fact, Have docs, love to travel. The TCF also sponsors and supports other types of audio events in Chicago and beyond. Want us to visit your city or town? Collaborate with your organization? Let us know.

Tales out of School

WHAT: An evening of stories with award-winning WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton and host Gwen Macsai

WHEN: Tuesday, July 29; food trucks at 6pm, program at 7pm

WHERE: The Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia

TIX: $10, for purchase now and at the door

WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton has won many awards for her education reporting - including a Peabody for This American Life’s Harper High. This fall, Linda heads back to school herself - for a fellowship at Columbia University in NYC. Because we’ll miss her dogged reporting, her wisdom and wit, we’ve planned an evening of choice stories from her career so far. How does one reporter track down CPS “drop-outs” and suss out the best BBQ meat on Chicago’s black market? Only Linda knows, and she tells all.



O, How We Danced (& other stories)

WHAT: An evening of listening, talking - and just a pinch of watching - with Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace.

WHEN: Thursday, August 21st; drinks at 6pm, program at 7pm

WHERE: The Logan Theater, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.

TIX: $10, buy them here or at the door.

Nate DiMeo is known for the perfectly crafted, short, surprising stories from history on his podcast The Memory Palace. At this event (his first in Chicago!) Nate joins Third Coast's Sarah Geis at the historic Logan Theater to discuss the process of mining stories from the past for audio gold. 

*Fun fact for combo radio lovers/Parks & Recreation fans: Nate is also the co-author of Pawnee: The Greatest Town in Americaa finalist for the 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor.










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