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., June 21st,
Jon Allen is a visual designer by day and a board-game designer and player by night.
Hello everyone, my name is Harrison Jones. I am originally from Brighton, Michigan which is a tiny town outside of Ann Arbor. I am a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a Dual BA in Comparative Cultures and Arabic Language with a focus in Economic Development. I love traveling and have spent time in Jordan and Morocco. I am always looking for another adventure either down the street or across the country! I try and get outdoors to go hiking, camping, and fly-fishing whenever I possibly can either in northern Michigan or out in Montana. I am a huge fan of architecture and I have wanted to live in the Second City my entire life. I currently live in Uptown and am incredibly grateful to have finally made it to the big city.
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.
A Michigander and Spartan at heart, Lauren Leffel moved to the Windy City in 2016 seeking new adventures and nearly daily food and music festivals; needless to say, it's been easy for Lauren to call Chicago home despite living here/there for less than a year. Having been empowered by constant change and need for adaptation while growing up, Lauren's ultimate goal is to bring quality education to people of all socio-economic backgrounds and plans to do so by receiving her teaching certificate within the next year. In her free time, Lauren is either over-watering her cacti, steeping loose-leaf tea, eating tacos, or dancing in the rain. She's excited to tell you about her travel adventures (Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Spain to name a few), life's trials, tribulations, and successes, and may even throw in a few Spanish words if you're lucky.
Jodi Meusel grew up on a 2nd generation farm here in northern Illinois, working at her family's ice cream shop. After spending her sophomore year in high school as an exchange student in Germany, she fell in love with cross-cultural learning and travel. She and her husband spent 2 years teaching English in Japan followed by another 8 years of working internationally in Switzerland, England, and China. Today, she works in global production and sourcing in the toy and game industry. A perfect combination of fun and travel. She moved back to Chicago 3 years ago and continues to be impressed with the public transportation here. She is an avid movie goer and now calls Uptown home.
Alex Sanchez is a super fun dude. When not rolling dice in his weekly D&D sessions, between his Netflix and Crunchyroll binging sessions, he's a staple of Chicago geek culture - having created and grown one of the city's most popular board game meetups in his former role at G-Mart comics. Today he pushes more paper than comics, having gone all corporate. But he's still a geek at heart.
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.