Temporary Travel Office

PUBLICATIONS

STORIES IN RESERVE

Stories in Reserve is our answer to the Lonely Planet series of guide books.
We currently have Volume One—a full-color, 36 page book + 3 audio CDs featuring three audio tours of the territory known as North America.

Reader/listeners will be taken on some unexpected journeys:

Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga guides us into Tijuana and finds one example of transnational commerce in a rather unexpected place—a dentist's chair.

Sarah Kanouse takes us to a Superfund- classified National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Illinois.

Ryan Griffis, Lize Mogel & Sarah Ross walk us around Vancouver's False Creek, the site of two global mega-events.

Go to the Stories in Reserve site now>

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

  • Parking Public Guide to Wrigleyville, Chicago

    Parking Public Guide for Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood.

    This small booklet was produced as a supplement to a walking tour conducted in 2010. It introduces some of the general history of parking in the US and Chicago. We then walk readers through some historical narratives connected to specific parking lots surrounding the famed Wrigley Field, including infamous parking scams, the 1970 Chicago Indian Village protest, and the recent privatization of Chicago's parking meter system.
    Order a paper copy of the book at our store>

    + FREE DOWNLOAD [PDF]

  • Parking Public Guide to Wrigleyville, Chicago

    Parking Public Guide for Hollywood

    Parking Public Guide for Hollywood. This small booklet was produced as a supplement to a walking tour conducted in 207 and 2008. Hollywood has lots of interesting stories related to parking! This small guide book takes readers on a tour of one parking lot that is now a Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and a traffic triangle that sits at the center of one neighborhood group's war on area pigeons.
    Order a paper copy of the book at our store>

    + FREE DOWNLOAD [PDF]

  • Parking Public Guide to Wrigleyville, Chicago

    Parking Public DVD

    Our Parking Public Video is a 13 minute video essay that gives an abbreviated history of parking lots in the US. Not exactly a conventional documentary (there are no" talking heads") , this short video details some of the central histories underlying parking in the United States, while making that parking should be viewed as a much more important feature of our cultural landscape.
    Order the DVD at our store>

    + WATCH/PREVIEW ONLINE [@ archive.org]

  • Parking Public Guide to Wrigleyville, Chicago

    Touring Olympia

    Touring Olympia: Exposition Park is an experimental guide book and audio tour of Los Angeles' Exposition Park, the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games. Set in an imagined 2030, this tour looks back at the year 2020, when the Olympics were permanently cancelled due to an athlete strike and financial bankruptcy.
    Our friends at Half Letter Press currently have the only remaining copies of this book, but you can download both the book and audio at the link below.
    Produced with contributor Sarah Ross.

    + ORDER THE BOOK @ Half Letter Press
    + PREVIEW VIDEO OF AUDIO & BOOK
    + FREE DOWNLOAD [Compressed PDF + mp3 audio files]

  • Parking Public Guide to Wrigleyville, Chicago

    Guide to the Chicago Technology Park

    The Travel Office's tour of the Chicago Technology Park is a guided audio experience that places the city's current investment in the "new economy" within the historical, and ongoing, practices of social engineering through urban planning. A story of spatial eugenics emerges out of the juxtaposition of texts and statements from disparate sources that include Official state and city press releases, corporate documents and activist archives.
    Neither the Travel Office nor this tour represent the Chicago Technology Park, the Illinois Medical District Commission, or any affiliated government or private entities.
    Our experimental guide to the Chicago Technology Park is no longer being printed. The audio and accompanying guide map are available to download.

    FREE DOWNLOAD [Compressed PDF + mp3 audio files]