Over the last 8+ years, we have provided the space for OVER 600 people from every walk of life and experience level to share their true personal stories with packed houses of attentive listeners. Each show is an unpredictable mix of the hilarious and the heartbreaking featuring memorable tales from your friends, neighbors, and fellow Chicagoans.
Come hear what people are saying, then get involved.
Third Wednesday of Every Month
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
3905 N Lincoln Avenue
(Doors at 6:00. Please arrive early if you are dining.)
New Voices Telling New Stories
Join us for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs. Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers will share their stories. Hosted by Scott Whitehair.
Our next performance is on
Wednesday, March 18th,
Samantha Dunn is a 44 year old trans woman who is a survivor in many senses of the word. She recently moved to Chicago after being incarcerated for seven years in Southern Illinois. She spends her time here in Chicago as a night manager at a pizza restaurant, a job she loves. In her free time she can be found snuggling with her cat and speaking out against the injustices people in prison face. She is an advocate, a story teller, a counselor, a leader, a good boss, an artist, and a lover not a fighter.
Ruth White Easterling grew up in New Jersey listening to her father and grandmother talk, talk and talk….and talk. They shared stories whether you wanted to listen or not. She sees life as a journey to be explored through curiosity. … which led to storytelling and sharing stories she’s been writing throughout her life. Ruth is an empty nester of two young adults, wealth management professional by day and avid yogi and reiki practitioner. Her joy comes from inspiring people to make connections to their heart, life and each other.
Beatriz Badikian-Gartler grew up in Buenos Aires and has lived in Chicago for fifty years where she received a Ph.D. in English. She's published two poetry collections and a novel as well as numerous essays, reviews, and short stories. She's also a visual artist focusing on collage and mixed media. Storytelling is her latest adventure into the world of words. And so far, it has been a joyous and inspiring journey.
Life has been an adventure for Sharon! She spent her high school years attending Chicago's experimental Metro High School (where you could get English credit for acting class at Second City) and then spent the next 5 years hitchhiking up and down the California coast. The unexpected turns her life took as the mother of 9 and then grandmother of 12 have kept her open to embracing the unpredictability of life and provide the fodder for many stories.
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. Longtime self-proclaimed Artivist-in-General. In the middle of writing a compilation book of poems and affirmations titled "Angel Heart: Confessions and Times of Black Queer Girl Magic." Nearly 13 years vegan. Raging MojoHolic (yes, that is a rare thing these when you're watching WatchMojo Top 10 and Top 20 lists, from movies to history notables, no joke). Addicted to music. Animal rights/Social Justice activist.
Ron settled in Chicago in 2012 after a full life of business travel worldwide. His humor borders on Gary Larson's The Far Side, Today he continues to mentor young people developing their entrepreneurial skill sets. He also continues his life work in Native American tribal affairs. He tells a wide range of personal stories from harrowing situations in Vietnam to almost becoming Amish.
Drink and Dine
Mrs. Murphy & Sons generously offers a $10 burger and beer special on show nights. No better way to enjoy stories than with a full stomach and a cold one in your hand.
Tell YOUR Story
Story Lab Chicago is open to anyone wanting to share his or her story, regardless of experience or background. Click here for more details on getting started.
Take a Class
Do you feel like you need a little more guidance and experience before taking the stage? Click here for more details.