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, MARCH 21ST,
Tom Besore delivers sailboats across the ocean. He joins volunteer delivery crews taking small sailboats from the Chesapeake to the Caribbean, a journey of 1500 miles and ten days offshore. These journeys provide great material for adventuresome stories of life at sea. As a lifelong resident of the Chicago area, he's passionate about the city's history. He started a neighborhood walking group called the Windy City Explorers which after eight years has grown to eight thousand members. They meet at neighborhood train stops and wander around discovering the best hidden gems throughout the city. Tom loves to share his city with others and will enjoy telling us a few stories he's collected along the way.
After growing up in a small Iowa town, I migrated to the University of Wisconsin just in time for the riotous sixties. Then it was onto New York City to work as a waitress (what else do you do with an English degree?) before breaking into educational publishing and children's book writing. Last year I discovered the vibrant community of Chicago storytelling -- and now I can relive some of those exciting, tumultuous and crazy old days.
Matthew J. Lipman
Matthew J. Lipman is a Chicago based actor – writer – storyteller and philosopher (with a degree to prove the last one). Life is about gathering stories and its meaning can be found in the sharing of them. Matthew believes that walking a beat won’t give you a story unless you can learn to listen to your own footsteps on the pavement in the dark of night. That which defines us need not pay the bills.
Jon is a graduate of the McGyver School of Excellence where he studied knife throwing, duct-tape construction and wilderness survival. He has been an exterminator, a women's shoe salesman, a meat packing plant security officer, Presbyterian youth minister, a videographer for an Aurora Mayoral attack ad, a Field Museum beetle collections volunteer and an after-school teacher in the Chicago projects of Cabrini-Green and Altgeld Gardens. He is not a expert in anything, but marginally competent at many things. He hopes that is the case with his story telling.
Sara is the Director of Organizing for a community organization committed to racial, social and economic justice. She likes interrupting people during dinner to talk about politics, whiskey soda and bitters, and all things inappropriate.
Jeff Suskin and his twin brother Hart are best friends. They were adopted from a Russian orphanage and age two, and grew up in Evanston. Jeff currently lives in a group home in Wilmette. He has been a fan of Storylab since his mother brought him to an event several years ago. He was inspired by the fact that everyone has a story to share. Plus, his mom says, he has had an interesting life.
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.