Over the last 7+ 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, AUGUST 15TH,
Eva moved to Chicago from the D.C. suburbs. She studies Radio and Creative Nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago, where she takes her dog Blue to class. She hopes when they graduate that she can find a cap and gown that fit him too.
Gender fluid trans woman. Life and labels can be complicated. I have found storytelling in recent years and now tell stories often and try to advocate for transgender awareness though storytelling.
Liz Klein is a sassy hairdresser here in Chicagoland. She is Chicago born, Denver raised and returned to Chicago thirteen years ago after earning a BA in costume design. Chicago has almost completely killed her filter so don't be surprised when she throws a few "f" bombs. When she is not troubleshooting hair problems or finding new ways to use the "f" word she can be found chasing after her two small humans and hubby.
Victoria Reeves is a Writer, Career/Life Coach and Storyteller. Some call her “brassy and intrepid” while others call her a “Pragmatic Mystic.” She is passionate about cultivating authentic expression as a means to clarify, quantify and actualize one’s path in life. In her coaching practice, she works with clients from all over the world on Vocational Integration, which is the process of incorporating who you are with your Soul’s Work. Throughout this journey, she has heard 1000’s of stories of transformation, epiphany, synthesis and resulting joy! As such, she deeply understands the power of words to affect change. A Memoir Writer and Blogger, she began intensively chronicling her own tales 6 years ago after immersing herself in Personal Narrative classes at The Hugo House in Seattle. Here in Chicago, her Storytelling career began 4 months ago in Scott Whitehair’s class. Through workshopping snapshot vignettes with her classmates, she discovered this new (to her) genre where she could integrate her love of writing, performing, endless pontificating and connecting the dots. Since then, she has unearthed funny and reflective stories called “Comfortable in My Skin”, “The Muse is Calling” and “Communication Skills”, performing them at: Louder than a Mom Storytelling at Martyrs’, OLLIE Inter-generational Storytelling at Northwestern University and numerous Do Not Submit shows.
Born and raised in small town Indiana Whitney spent many summer days wrecking her bike and still has the scars to prove it. She’s an advocate for s’mores culture and can often be found with a cup of coffee in her hand. Whitney has always loved writing and storytelling. Her ultimate life goal is help others feel less alone by telling stories about her life.
Will is a writer, intellectual giant and arbiter of good and evil for all who cross his path. He whiles away the daylight hours in a soulless office job and blossoms in the evening hours. He has a widely-chronicled grudge with water in all its forms – solid, liquid and especially steam. His writings have been compared to lunatic rantings, and he has been favorably compared (by himself) to the late Chicago outsider artist Henry Darger, who authored the 15,145 page handwritten novel, “The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion.” He is loved by few and feared by many. He has a pretty and talented girlfriend who is a StoryLab veteran and who introduced him to storytelling. He also has a very discontented twelve-year old cat.
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.