Argyle Street


This Sound Series entry takes on a trip to the Uptown neighborhood for a morning on Argyle Street, Chicago’s Vietnamese enclave. The sounds are taken from various Vietnamese shops and restaurants in the blocks surrounding the Argyle and Broadway intersection. (The occasional sniffle is from too much hot sauce in the noodle soup.)

Underneath the ambiance, one can make out narration that is a brief history of Chicago’s Vietnamese population written by Mark E Pfeifer and excerpted from the Encyclopedia of Chicago. The intentionally low mix of the spoken text, juxtaposed against Argyle’s surroundings, only occasionally peeks above the noise, inviting the listener deeper into the sounds themselves, and therefore, into the neighborhood.

All sounds by Tim Joyce
Photo Credit: Teresa Oeffinger – Chicagoist