FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When and where does Story Lab take place?
A: Every third Wednesday, 7:30 PM, at The Black Rock Pub in Chicago (3614 N Damen)
Q: Is the show really free?
A: Yes, there is no charge to attend or participate in Story Lab Chicago.
Q: I'm under 21. Can I attend?
A: Unfortunately, The Black Rock has a strict 21+ policy, even for minors accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Q: Will food and drinks be available?
A: The Black Rock offers $5 burgers and $3.50 local microbrews every Wednesday, along with a full menu. Orders to the back will be cut off at 7pm, so please arrive early if you'd like to eat before or during the show. The kitchen will be open after the performance as well.
Q: When should I arrive?
A: The venue opens at 5:30. Doors to the performance area open at 6:30. The show will begin right at 7:30. If you'd like to ensure seating and/or dining, please arrive early.
Q: What kind of stories will I hear?
A: Story Lab allows anyone to tell any story he or she would like, as long as it is a true personal narrative, told without notes. There is no theme, so you may hear the heartbreaking and the hilarious back to back. Every show is a nice variety of tone and themes. Because we do not curate stories, mature or difficult themes and adult language are possible. However, we can promise you will hear no hateful language or derogatory material putting people down.
Q: I want to tell a story. How can I make that happen?
A: It's easy. You just have to see the show and then ask, either by signing up that evening or emailing. If you are a human being, you are overly qualified, regardless of experience. We have had many people take the stage for the first time at Story Lab. For full details, click here.
Q: Can't I just show up and tell a story that evening?
A: Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. We are booked months in advance. However, if you want to show up somewhere and have an opportunity to perform that same evening, please check out Do Not Submit storytelling open mics.
Q: Who runs Story Lab Chicago?
A: Scott Whitehair is our producer and host, but the heart of Story Lab is our six new tellers every month. It's their show.
Q: Why do you do this?
A: Because we love stories, and want to hear yours.