Over the last 7+ years, we have provided the space for over 500 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 Show Will Take Place on
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17TH,
For years Nancy has had one foot in the arts and one foot in the madcap world of marketing research. Part of the creative team behind the long-running show Late Nite Catechism, and a marketing research consultant, Nancy understands the importance of both following your artistic dreams and having a sensible fallback career. However, winning a recent Moth StorySLAM has definitely amped up her interest in storytelling. A stint in the record business put Nancy’s pop music fixation to good use in a pre-Google world, not to mention provides some pretty interesting stories. As a kid she saw the Beatles live and has the $2.50 ticket-stub to prove it.
Mosie is New Jersey born and Boston educated. She works at a non-profit on the West Side and loves running, cooking, crafting, and petting cute dogs. She took “Storytelling for Everyone” earlier this year, and recently performed in Is This a Thing? She keeps saying she’ll do more story-telling and she swears that she’ll actually follow through on that in the next year (but like, please hold her to that).
Native to the South suburbs she has performed at The Drama Group in Chicago Heights and was nominee for a Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Award. A graduate of The Second City writers program and The Lincoln Lodge Stand up Comedy seminar. She’s facinated with world politics and by that she means she likes looking at pictures of Justin Trudeau. So thrilled to be telling a story!
After many years of watching other brave souls share their stories OUT LOUD, and in front of a LIVE AUDIENCE (while I anxiously chew my fingernails in the back row), I’ve finally decided it’s time! Plus, I’m worried about the state of my nails! I should be good at this, right? I come from Irish immigrant grandparents, the people known for being professionals at this storytelling gig. I will either honor dear Anastasia and Joseph, or I will shame them since I don’t possess “the gift” of weaving a good yarn. I desperately want to be clever, but I would rather be profound, inspiring, healing (with a touch of entertainment!). Through the stories from my circus-like life, I’m hoping that you will see a bit of yourself. I grew up in Chicago, still reside here (big yay!), and have too many interests to name. I work with immigrant high school students full-time, as well as helping single moms and children in crisis. I’m excited for my first telling at Story Lab!
Mercede Lake graduated from a school you've probably never heard of (Marlboro College) and received her MFA from a University that you probably have (Northwestern University). She's a playwright/screenwriter whose work has been produced through the Araca Foundation, Chicago Dramatists, Scrap Mettle Arts, Panglossian Productions and Fraud and Phony. She's was also a finalist for Northwestern's Julia Louis Dreyfus sitcom grant, which was really really cool. She's currently working on several screenplays in collaboration with Lighthouse Media Management and occasionally laughing at bad parallel parkers from her 3rd story apartment.
Sidney Thompson is a short story writer straight outta the suburbs of West Omaha. After leaving home at seventeen, she spent a year living in California before coming to Columbia College Chicago to get her B.F.A in Fiction. When she is not frantically editing a story five minutes before class, she’s most likely people watching in coffee shops or running the Lakefront Trail.
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.