CHICAGO 0,0 is a mobile app (smartphones or tablets) designed to share visual, historical, and architectural resources from the Chicago History Museum’s collection with people moving through the city using mobile devices. CHICAGO 0,0 refers to the corner of State and Madison Streets where the city’s street numbering starts at zero. Moving north along State Street to the Chicago River and south to Congress Parkway, this app uses Augmented Reality (AR) and image-recognition technology to superimpose historical images on live-streaming video from the phone’s camera. Shots aligned with features of today’s built environment communicate immediately what has changed and what remains. The experience transforms the urban landscape into an historical excavation of the people and places that have defined Chicago, and provides CHM with a new tool for sharing the city’s stories. By digitizing and geo-locating a significant collection of archival images, CHICAGO 0,0 takes the museum's collection beyond the walls of the institution and into the community.
• Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
• John Russick, Chicago History Museum