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Chicago History Museum (Chicago, IL 60614-6038)
John Russick (Project Director: June 2018 to present)

Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants
Public Programs

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$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 8/31/2020

Chicago 00: Ferris Wheel

Development of a project prototype using augmented reality and virtual reality to explore the history of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

The Chicago History Museum proposes to create a digital storytelling prototype that transports audiences to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, where fair-goers are captivated by the technological marvel of the first Ferris wheel. Using virtual and/or augmented reality to share historical images alongside contemporary scenes and extant sites, the project will relay iconic urban history in a bold new way, weaving humanities topics that explore the complexity and relevance of a defining moment in the life of a great American city. Chicago 00: Ferris Wheel will be a user-driven, broadly accessible exploration of history. The prototype process will strongly emphasize evaluation of platforms and themes to help us deliver meaningful immersive reality experiences to new audiences. By integrating evaluative moments throughout, we will identify pathways for design that maximize impact and reach. These pathways and measurement tools will be iterative and shared with peer organizations.