The award winning Chicago 00 Project blends melds the location of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre today and then in an immersive sensory experience (photo courtesy of the Chicago History Museum).

Chicago History Museum's Chicago 00 Named Chicago Innovation Award-Winner

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The Chicago History Museum’s Chicago 00 project was recently named one of the winners of the 18th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. In a groundbreaking collaboration with filmmaker Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, the project has brought Chicago’s most historic events to the forefront of virtual reality in just three years.

​The winners were announced at an event on Monday, October 28, with nearly 1,500 business and civic leaders, and supporters of innovation.  The Chicago Innovation Awards is the Chicago region’s foremost recognition of the most innovative new products or services brought to market each year.

“The Chicago History Museum is committed to sharing Chicago’s stories, and the Chicago 00 project offers anyone with a smart phone or tablet an immersive, accessible, and interactive experience with the city's storied past in augmented and virtual reality,” said John Russick, Senior Vice President of the Chicago History Museum. “We are honored to be recognized by the Chicago Innovation Awards and look forward to continuing our work to help everyone build a relationship of historic proportions with our city.”

Chicago00 is the product of a collaboration between the Chicago History Museum and filmmaker Geoffrey Alan Rhodes to produce a series of augmented and virtual reality experiences using the museum's renowned archive of historical photographs. The project employs cutting-edge technology in four interactive Chicago history experiences, including Chicago00 The Eastland Disaster, The Chicago00 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre VR app, Chicago00 Democratic National Convention of 1968, and Chicago00 A Century of Progress. The next Chicago00 project, a virtual reality experience of the 1893 Columbian Exposition, will be released in early 2020.

​“Chicago’s innovators continue to demonstrate the breadth of innovation found in the Chicago region, cutting across all industries, sectors and sizes,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards. “2019 winners are pioneers in energy, healthcare, telecommunications, manufacturing, drug development, food, automotive, cyber security, architecture, community and workforce development, education, entertainment and more.”

The winning organizations receive a variety of honors including the opportunity to ring the Nasdaq Bell in New York City, and meetings with the Mayor of Chicago, Governor of Illinois, Cook County President, and leaders from the United Nations.

“450 organizations were nominated for this year’s awards,” said Luke Tanen, Executive Director of the Chicago Innovation Awards.  “As a group, these nominees generated over $13.9 billion in new revenues from their new products and services, along with the creation of 1001 patents.  The 25 winners represent the best from this very impressive group.” 

​For more information on Chicago00, visit chicago00.org.

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