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

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Since it was founded in 2000, the Third Coast Festival has been exploring ways to lift radio off the airwaves bring it into the world, in communal, public spaces. To that end we host listening events in Chicago and beyond – sometimes even far beyond: Listening Rooms, the Third Coast Filmless Festival, and assorted audio adventures at schools, community organizations, and other documentary festivals nationwide.

We also organize a bi-annual conference where audio makers from around the world gather to share skills, experiences, and philosophies, and to build new collaborations. And to dance.

(You can download and listen to more than 100 Conference sessions from past Third Coast Conferences.)



Studs Rules: A People’s ShortDoc Election Event

"If I did one thing I'm proud of, it's to make people feel that together, they count,” said the legendary Studs Terkel.

We hope you’ll join us to make your voice heard! Hosted by Re:sound’s Gwen Macsai, the evening will celebrate the finalists of this year’s ShortDocs Challenge, which invited anyone and everyone to produce audio stories in the tradition of Studs’ mighty curiosity.

Join us to listen to the candidates – by turns delightful and heartbreaking – weigh their merits, vote for your favorite, and leave with an “I voted!” sticker (of course).

Special guests will include our partners at the Studs Terkel Radio Archive from WFMT and outstanding ShortDocs producers from the Chicago area. 

The event is hosted in partnership with Lumpen Radio and Public Media Institute – thank you!

WHAT: Third Coast Listening Room & People’s ShortDoc Voting Booth

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3rd / Program starts at 7, arrive at 6 for food trucks and drinks.

WHERE: The Co-Prosperity Sphere / 3219 S. Morgan St, Chicago

TIX: $10, buy them here. If available, we’ll also sell tickets at the door.


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