Over the last 6+ years, we have provided the space for over 450 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 Wed., August 16th,
Brad Finkeldei went from buying his confidence with a big corporate paycheck to now inspiring entrepreneurs to face their own fears. He wouldn't be here today if he hadn't met a man in his journey that reminded him he could be powerful in this world. That man, Rafael, left Brad with a tiny rubber chicken to remind him to step into his fears and believe in himself. To stop being a chicken! A year after Brad met Rafael he was killed in a terrorist attack and Brad decided to carry on his message to pay it forward and continue the message of making a difference for others. Brad's dedicated his life to empowering entrepreneurs to step into their fears and make a difference in the world. He reminds entrepreneurs it's not about making money but the person you become in the journey to make the difference you're out to make.
Julie Gaynes enjoys traveling the world collecting stories of the supernatural. After graduating from Oberlin College with focuses in Creative Writing and Religion, she received a fellowship to teach Creative Writing and English in Indonesia. In her two years living in South-East Asia, she joined an acrobatic dance troupe, with whom she performed as a Javanese demon. She also edited and illustrated an anthology of local myths. Each day she made it her business to milk stories out of strangers, which fueled her curiosity across South-East Asia, Ghana, Israel, and most recently Peru and Bolivia, where she volunteered as a journalist. She loves filthy markets and dreams of bravery.
After teaching drama in Chicago public high schools, I opened a woman's clothing store which I operated for 43 years. During that time, I never gave up the theater. I was on the Jeff Committee for 5 or 6 years and the monthly buying trips enabled me to see most of the Broadway shows. I have always been a storyteller, but only with my friends. I began "performing" storytelling several years ago but this is my first appearance in Chicago.
Jake is a long-time attendant of Chicago live literature, but a first time teller. When he's not talking about maps or science fiction you can find him playing board games in bars across the city. By day he's a business analyst at a marketing company, and by night he's probably eating tacos.
Kristen Miano was born in Yonkers, NY, a city famous for being the setting of the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly!, which Kristen has never seen. She works as the Digital Media Coordinator for the United Airline Pilots Union, lives with a gimpy cat named Bilbo, knows more Westerosi history than she probably does American and is a self-proclaimed DnD nerd. Kristen's love of stories is what has motivated a good many of her life decisions and is what brings her here tonight.
Craig Montgomery is a 9 to 5er who spends his days mitigating risk for a logistics company. He is also a brother, guncle, and friend, as well as a writer and long time lover of stories in all of their shapes and sizes. In his spare time he runs a YouTube channel about self-care and emotions that make you question your own existence. You can find him by searching the channel name, WhoEvenAmI?
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.