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, FEBRUARY 21ST,
- Lesley is a world explorer, nature lover and founder of BonViage, a local travel company. From her first solo adventure gutting fish in Alaska to breaking free from the corporate jungle of Chicago and finding personal peace in Portugal, Lesley believes life is best lived and learned outside your comfort zone. She has traveled to over 30 countries and has a life-changing story to share for every one. When not planning her next adventure, she enjoys long walks along Lake Michigan with her miniature schnauzer Stanley, sitting at street side cafes and turning strangers into new friends.
Reed Evans is a sustainability consultant and educator and the Founder of Scale it Up! Sustainability Training for Women Entrepreneurs, a non profit program focused on providing triple-bottom-line business training for entrepreneurs. Many years ago, she was a double threat actor/dancer. Currently, she's writing a single book with the working title: Inspiring Entrepreneurial Women: Creating Healthy, Resilient Planet. And, making ends meet includes work as a teacher of university seminars and PIlates. She recently took a standup comedy class and learned that she has no idea how to write a one-liner, but that she does have some strange and fun stories to tell.
Chris Forte, born and raised in suburban Clarendon Hills, grew up in an artistic, creative family. Obsessed as a youth with baseball, wood sculpture, antique repair, cars and some shenanigans we can’t talk about, he went on to earn a degree in dentistry and raise two boys. His latest interests include yearly trips to Scotland, Crossfit, watercolor painting, cooking, creative writing, and storytelling.
Hi! I'm Camille King and I work as a Freelance Costume Production Assistant for film. I love reading and writing in my spare time, and when I'm not choosing a bomb ass outfit, you can find me daydreaming my next great fictional love story.
30 year veteran of sales and marketing, and nationally recognized expert in the field of consumer promotions, Caroline has traveled from sea to shining sea calling on the top 200 consumer packaged goods companies. Thankfully no longer a road warrior, she now develops retail marketing campaigns for her former clients and thinks about telling stories of her sales adventures.
Onyi grew up on the East Coast but is now on his 2nd stint in Chicago. Over the years, he's learned a lot from exploring the intersection of his Nigerian heritage and American upbringing. He enjoys getting to learn about people through their stories and is trying to become a better listener (you can ask his partner how he's doing!). Onyi believes in the power of being comfortable being uncomfortable and enjoys storytelling events as an opportunity to share and learn.
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.