Over the last 8+ years, we have provided the space for nearly 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, February 20th,
Kevin Biolsi is a statistician and on-again, off-again empty nester who enjoys brewing beer and, every few years, attempting to learn to play the banjo. He first told stories in front of an audience in 2016 and found it to be more exhilarating than any drugs he’s ever taken, although to be honest, those have almost exclusively been analgesics and anti-inflammatories. He has performed two one-person shows, 0% Inspiration, 100% Perspiration and ‘Til This Show Do Us Part and has told stories at Moth StorySLAMs, First Person Live, and Do Tell: A Storytelling Event to Benefit the Evanston Dance Ensemble.
Carrie Campbell is a Chicago native and loves playing host and tour guide in this beautiful city; seriously, she'll take you on a made up tour through all the hot spots anytime. Currently, she works at Google. When she's not watching YouTube videos during work, she is off traveling (28 countries and counting), listening to podcasts, training for a triathlon (doing the Escape from Alcatraz in June!), or attending live events throughout the city. Ask her about the time her family and friends broke a Guinness Book of World's Record by visiting 172 bars in 14 hours. She charades competitively and karaokes with conviction. Always.
Lihy is the co-producer of Risqué Business - a performance event showcasing queer women, gender nonconforming and non binary folks. Business by day, community by night - when she isn't focused on keeping the family business going, you can find her slamming, storytelling or dragging across Chicago.
Aviva Levavi is an English as a Second Language teacher. Her adult students have enriched her life by telling their stories from around the world. Her other great inspiration is her dog who sees the world without borders and sometimes gets her in a lot of trouble. She is a world traveler, including spending 2 years in West Africa in the Peace Corps and riding her bicycle across the United States. She loves writing short stories, cooking for her family, gardening, and finding the next great story whether at the end of the block or around the world.
Jamie Morriss-Benoit moved to Chicago five years ago from southern California to work with youth on the far south side in Altgeld Gardens in a holistic after-school program. A lover of stories, words, and all things creative writing, you can generally find her nose in a book in her spare time, or listening to stories from friends, community neighbors, and The Moth (of course). She also enjoys camping and nature, summertime, and the smell of book pages. Her husband, David, and canine companion, Wiley, keep her company most days and make life pretty enjoyable.
Ted has spent much of his life making a living as a guitar/piano player. He also had 20-year sojourn molding the youth of America as a high school English teacher. Recently retired from youth molding, Ted is now playing as much music as possible. He is currently immersed in three main musical projects: Rockin’ with the renown 70’s tribute band Strung Out, leading oldies quartet Loretto Lane, and flying solo on his cocktail piano project featuring the great American song book.
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.