At least annually, WTTW produces specials or miniseries about the Chicagoland area — most often in a tour-like fashion — with the host Geoffrey Baer. In conjunction, WTTW creates a unique, interactive microsite with content from the show itself as well as quite a bit of original content.
In the case of The Chicago River Tour with Geoffrey Baer, this included several articles on the history of the river, numerous videos (looped aerial views, the full show, and an animated history of the river), and an audio “tour” of sorts. The tour was designed to be engaging whether the user was in downtown Chicago looking directly at the landmarks mentioned within, or in the comfort of their home.
Most of the site was designed by WTTW’s web designer and my role in this project was as the web developer.
Hero photo credit: Chicago History Museum