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, May 15th,
Matt grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and can proudly say he now lives downtown in a big kid apartment. Currently working in customer service, he is happy to be employed post grad and always looking for that next step- feel free to ask for his resumé. Matt is currently studying improv comedy at Second City as he has been passionate about it since college. Matt has many stories ranging from world travels to working retail and he hopes you enjoy his words!
Daina Lyons spent half her childhood south of Madison St. in Hyde Park and then the other half north of Madison St. in Edgewater. Graduating high school on a military base in Germany in 1982, she hightailed it back to Chicago to attend the Fiction Writing program at Columbia College for undergrad and an almost grad degree. She helped open Andersonville’s Swedish American Museum back during its founding on Clark Street and then spent years as a Chicago hotel concierge babysitting celebrities. Daina was also a weekly contributor re Chicago’s cultural offerings on WBEZ radio’s "Backstage Pass.” The show’s host Karl T Wright left for bigger in L.A. and the Fri eve time slot was taken by a new-in-town storyteller upstart named Ira Glass. Daina worked at Chicago’s 1st cell phone provider, Cellular One, developing marketing campaigns for “cellular telephones” back when they were bolted in your car and if you put the prototype handheld to your ear crowds gathered to stare at that weird thing. She’s currently an obsessed DNA genealogist. About to send the last of their 3 children to college, Daina and her husband will weep and then pour misplaced affection on their army of arrogant cats and one defeated dog.
Charlie has been performing around Chicago for the past 6 years, from plays (Murder at the WIP, Verbatim Verboten) to open mics (No Shame Theater), improv (Batsu) to one-man shows (Eagle Jackson, You're Not Depressed). He lives with his boyfriend, two cats, and a rat. His guilty pleasure is still-frozen Uncrustables and using a lot of parenthesis.
Michele Popadich is a writer, runner, cat mom, project manager, and native Chicagoan. She’s self published various books of photography and poetry and also as creates and publishes content for her visual poetry instagram, Petit Poetry (@petit_poetry). She will be beginning her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Northwestern University starting in June.
As the youngest of 7 children, Diamond has found herself with many stories to tell. She’s even made a career of listening to others’ stories as a therapist. Her first foray into storytelling was through writing and performing original music. She has traveled the world collecting diverse perspectives and stories. Diamond has recently started using live storytelling as a new creative outlet and looks forward to continuing her storytelling journey.
As the oldest child of a Coast Guard helicopter pilot, Lisa Zimmer grew up moving from coast to coast and back again. But she’s made a permanent home on the third coast for the past 2 decades. She runs the Meetings and Events team at MillerCoors, and yes, that means she’s paid to plan parties at a beer company. Between work trips, she finds time to travel to see her Mom and 3 brothers, who are scattered across the 4 corners of the country. And in her remaining spare time, she subsists on a steady diet of tickets; airline, concert, and movie variety.
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.