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, June 19th,
Adam is an actor and teaching artist based in Chicago. Originally from Massachusetts, he graduated from Northwestern University last year with a BA in Theatre and a module in Theatre for Young Audiences. Adam loves to procrastinate by listening to podcasts, reading the news, and attempting to teach himself how to play the ukulele.
Chicago-based singer-songwriter Sue Fink was a story-teller (informally) long before she began performing musically. She comes from a short story and poetry writing background. Songs became a medium to tell stories via music and lyrics, and she often tells related stories between songs as well. Through her folk/acoustic songs, Sue shares her whimsical perspective and perceptive observations of the human condition. Telling stories without holding a guitar in front of her seems a little scary, but now she’s thinking of stories as songs, but without the music. Yes. That should work! http://suefink.com
Tara has loved storytelling for as long as she can remember. After spending nearly all her free time writing stories as a kid and then transitioning to scribbling angsty poetry as a teenager, she has come to appreciate the beauty of stories never been told the same way twice through Story Lab Chicago. She loves research (because data tells stories too!), cooking, and vintage earrings. Because they say it's good to have a calming hobby, she has had the goal to learn to knit for the past year, but she keeps going to brunch instead. At least brunch didn't keep her from telling this story today.
Steve Magnino was born and raised in Oklahoma, a real live Okie from Muskogee. He has been in the Chicago area since the early eighties when he took a job with Kraft out of college. He is a marketing strategy and research guy who has told stories with data about everything from processed cheese to credit cards to robotics – even tax policy. Steve is currently research director for a professional services firm in Chicago, focusing on business leader's perceptions of the economy. He discovered the power of telling stories in college when a professor told him "any answer is OK as long as you can defend it." To Steve, a question that has only one "right answer" usually indicates a lack of imagination. He and his wife, Marsha, live in Arlington Heights and are excited about becoming first time grand parents this summer.
Molly Sider grew up in the Chicago suburbs, but as soon as she was old enough, she ditched the Midwest for San Francisco. When the sun became too strong for her pale skin, she moved to New York City where she began her boozy career in the wine industry. Four years ago, Molly relocated back to Chicago where she continues slinging wine for a living. She survives the brutal winters here by listening to other people tell stories, and sometimes she reciprocates by telling one of her own.
Sheryl has lived in the Chicago area almost all of her life and is a professional fundraiser. Her writing has appeared in North Shore Magazine and she is the author of the blog Looking Up. As part of a 2019 resolution to try new things, she broke her shoulder while ice skating and is hoping not to incur any storytelling-related injuries.
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.