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., July 19th,
Kyle Akerman was born and raised in Illinois and has never lived outside of the state. Luckily he has expanded his worldview by traveling around the world both for work and pleasure. Kyle is a recovering engineer turned internet marketer and enjoys helping small businesses grow. Kyle recently completed the Improv programs at Second City and the Annoyance Theater and wishes he had discovered Improv 20 years earlier. Kyle volunteers with the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP Radio) and loves playing music for passionate music fans during his weekly CHIRP show. Unbeknownst to Kyle he had a 5-second on-air appearance as "Unidentified Man #2" in a 2016 NPR feature on Low Power Radio. Also, Kyle has one of the Top 5 worst birthdays - the day after Christmas.
Jamie Bliss is a mysophobic old lady with a fear of all things scary and a zero tolerance policy for bad grammar. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English and has half of a double masters in Special and Elementary Ed. from DePaul. She currently works in advertising. Three years ago, Jamie signed up for an improv class in an effort to combat her crippling anxiety and has been taking classes and performing ever since. She is obsessed with her cat (but has been told she can't get a second until she gets a boyfriend). She is very nerve-cited to be part of Story Lab!
Scott is Southern Transplant from Montgomery, Alabama who is thrilled to be making his Story Lab debut. A graduate of The Second City Conservatory, Scott has performed in various theaters and venues throughout Chicago as a writer and director of sketch comedy and improvisation, and occasional drag queen. Scott would like to thank Hillary Clinton for hugging him that one time at a rally and for shouldering the weight of a nation divided. He would also like to thank Jennifer Lopez for single-handedly bringing back the sequin bodysuit as acceptable cocktail attire.
Wes Meador was a theatre kid who wound up working in advertising. After spending nearly 15 years focusing on digital media planning in advertising agencies and not having the energy to live like a human outside of work hours, he decided to take a year off to travel, spend time with friends and family and just remember what it was like to live in the real world. Luckily, his time off morphed into a consulting practice, so now he has time to help clients make smarter decisions about their digital marketing while making time to listen to stories, tell stories and, most importantly, spend time with people making stories worth telling.
I'm a litigator for a nonprofit environmental group. I love climbing, being outside, fish, awkward moments, and various shades of green.
Danielle Snow is a long-time audience member but first time storyteller who has lived in Chicago for the past seven years. She works as a professional pastry cook and loves playing around with chocolate, yeasted dough, and homemade ice cream. When she's not in the kitchen, Danielle is either out and about (usually on her bike) exploring Chicago's wealth of restaurants and bars or-- more likely than not-- at home with a book. She's hoping to eradicate her fear of public speaking through exposure therapy (or at least to tell a story and have fun doing it!).
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.