Over the last 6+ 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, JULY 18TH,
Patrick Curtin is a Chicago native that incorporates storytelling as a celebrant for weddings, memorials and other moments in life that should be celebrated. Patrick has shared stories at the Irish American Heritage Center, Steppenwolf, Second City and the Goodman Theater.
Alison first discovered This Much Is True a year ago and fell in love with hearing other people's stories! A teacher, traveler, and musician, Alison has taught English in Korea and France, and she is planning to be a high school history teacher in Chicago. She also loves the flute; she grew up playing mostly classical music, and she has enjoyed playing Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, and Ibrahim Maalouf with friends.
Raised in small-town Oklahoma, Audrey fulfilled a lifelong dream of transitioning to city limits after taking the midnight train going anywhere and ended up in Chicago. Her background is in film and video production, but she now works as the Operations Manager for a finance company. She enjoys collaborating on projects that empower women and will soon be publishing a book with friends featuring interviews with women from all over the world. She is currently on her fourth time through watching The Office.
30 year veteran of sales and marketing, and nationally recognized expert in the field of consumer promotions, Caroline has traveled from sea to shining sea calling on the top 200 consumer packaged goods companies. Thankfully no longer a road warrior, she now develops retail marketing campaigns for her former clients and thinks about telling stories of her sales adventures.
Karen Purze is in the middle of a transformation. She is using twenty years of software product development experience to launch a career as a business consultant (and independent writer.) She is the author of Life In Motion: A Guide for Gathering Life’s Vital Details, a workbook to help people get their affairs in order. She blogs about better preparing for emergencies and her personal experiences with serious illness and loss at lifeinmotionguide.com. In addition to writing, Karen teaches people at corporate and community based organizations to prepare for (and manage through) major life transitions.
Nancy Wai was first exposed to the magic of the performing arts by her mother via Andrew Lloyd Webber. Immediately spellbound, she consumed all that she could find on cassettes and VHS tapes at the library and daydreamed about being on "the stage." But there was one problem: she was extremely shy. In fact, the jury was still out in terms of whether or not she could actually speak. Fast forward to freshman year of high school when her Enriched Patterns teacher asked her to do a staged reading of Antigone (major props to teachers that see and call forth the potential in kids). It was through Antigone she found her voice but never considered storytelling until late last year when one of her improv classmates asked, "Nancy, have you ever considered storytelling? I think you'd be good at it!" Even though she was an avid listener of Radiolab, This American Life, and The Moth, the thought had never occurred to her. But since she was failing miserably at improv, she decided, "What the hey." Thanks to Mr. Google she discovered Story Lab and now history is being made. Ask her about her coffee shop, which should be open by the time she shares her story.
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.