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, DECEMBER 20TH,
Terry Burke is a retired attorney and high school football and basketball coach. A native Chicago Southsider, he is the only Cubs fan in the family and spent the past few seasons working at Wrigley doing his part to bring the World Series home! His interest in storytelling and writing began with researching his Chicago family history. And there are stories to tell!
Joe Kreitzer, 39, has lived in Uptown for the last 10 years and in the Chicago area his entire life. Joe works downtown for a software company but gets his inspiration for performances at 2nd City, Toastmasters, and Story Telling via his marriage, young daughter, and questionable decisions.
Jennifer Ould (pronounced "old") moved to Chicago from North Carolina 13 years ago and found home here. She has a Master of Divinity degree and, in addition to her day job at a progressive seminary in Hyde Park, she works in leadership at Gilead - an inclusive church that meets in a Rogers Park bar to tell true stories that change lives. She's a sunshine, cider, and bourbon lover who completed her first marathon in October, occasionally preaches, and blogs at jennifereould.com.
Gabriel Sheridan once told a story at the Moth about how the universe wanting her to be a lesbian and forgot to mention she is straight. Which in itself would not be an issue except she really would like to meet a guy...so that didn't help. See, she is funny and sad... Spends most of her time with 7 year old people in a public school and truly loves her work! Hoping to entertain a crowd for a few minutes of free therapy.
Nathan is 31 years old who has called Chicago home for the last 11 years. As an award winning screenwriter, Nathan naturally found a semi-fulfilling career in a field that has nothing to do with the film degree he earned and thousands of dollars he still owes Columbia College Chicago. Nathan credits his last 3 years of happiness to the time spent with his wonderful partner while they continue to garden, travel, and laugh as much as possible. Fun Fact: While this is being read aloud to all of you, Nathan is currently experiencing a mini heart-attack and existential crisis.
Valerie is a joyful human being who has spent the past 30 years listening to other people’s life stories as a licensed clinical social worker therapist. From psychiatric mental health to hospice, addictions to trauma, there’s pretty much a life experience she hasn’t encountered. When she’s not listening to people, she talks to her chocolate lab, Montana, who has made life a great adventure since 2009. Tonight, she decided it’s time to tell one of her own stories officially on stage for the very first time.
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.