Over the last 8+ years, we have provided the space for OVER 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, July 19th,
Jodi Dudek is a Pennsylvania-born art director, designer, strategist, writer, photographer, aspiring entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance Soul. After stints in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Washington DC, and Austin, she’s finally made Chicago her home. And her pug Wrigley - whose name was much more novel before moving to this city - has been her sidekick through most of those moves. She loves a good adventure, rock show, and a balanced dinner of champagne & oysters.
Bex Ehrmann grew up in the northwest burbs and currently calls Edgewater home. She’s a graduate of Northwestern University and a 2019 Luminarts Cultural Foundation fellow in creative writing. Her favorite things include speculative fiction, comedy, kiwis, Queen, and consonance. Special thanks to Rives Collins, who ignited Bex’s passion for storytelling.
Megan Fulara is a Chicago native TEMPORARILY living in the suburbs. She is the host of the wildly successful ‘Live From Wherever We Are, It’s The Megan Fulara Show!’ (not a real show). By day she is a pencil pushing bureaucrat and by night a robust fitness enthusiast and yogi. She enjoys storytelling, comedy, and employment law.
Born in Chicago, and have lived in the close suburbs or the city all of my life. From day one, I've had a sense of adventure, and my hobbies are indicative of this......urban exploring, hiking and backpacking, reading and living history, photography, writing, drawing, world travel. My jobs have been less career moves than opportunistic work that I fell into. Driving a taxi, freight forwarding, both air and ocean import, owning 2 companies, London Town Chimney sweeps and Atlas Interior Removal, other contracting jobs, and working on ships. I'm a recovering alcoholic with 23 years sobriety, suck at relationships because I'm never around for my girl, and consider myself very lucky to be part of my wonderful family, 3 sisters and my Mom. I'm currently working on putting together basically a world slide show to put on internet, with about 3 other writing projects after that. I've had my work published.
Heather Styka is an Americana singer-songwriter based out of Chicago. After growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Heather moved to the city to studying creative writing at DePaul, meanwhile honing her song craft among the city's long-standing folk community. After moving to Maine for a couple years, she returned to the Midwest to perform regularly around the Chicago and also tour throughout the US and Canada. Heather's honest, image-heavy songs have garnered her a number of songwriting awards. Styka recently released her her fifth full-length studio album, North, which was recorded with Danish backing band The Sentimentals in a cabin in northern Wisconsin.
After 10 years trying to escape the gravitational pull of small-town Arizona, Isaac successfully broke out and made it to the big city of Chicago in 2016. He arrived just before the Cubs won the World Series and then Donald Trump was elected, but refuses to take credit or blame for either. He is currently working at Target while he goes back to school. His six-month plan is to finish his Associates and then work as a paraprofessional in a Chicago public school, and from there, who knows? He hopes you enjoy his story.
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.