Over the last 5 years, we have provided the space for over 450 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 6 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
(Temporary Home - New Venue Announced Soon)
3905 N Lincoln Avenue
(Doors at 6:30. Please arrive earlier 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 Wed., March 15th,
Julia is an explorer and mystic, embodied and present. She makes art, is a healer and bodyworker, a gardener permaculturist and nature-loving visionary, has traversed and experienced many things and ways. She has lived in Chicago most of her life, with a good chunk of time spent elsewhere. She likes to meditate and is always learning. She often enjoys listening to and sharing stories.
Jesús is a self-described, middle-class socialite who grew up in Mexico, Arizona, and Chicago. He's a photographer, officiant, strategic planner, copywriter, and yogi wannabe. When he's not telling stories he dreams about taking up running again someday when the weather is perfect and he gets enough sleep. He also believes in the power of human connection and makes it his life's journey to connect people to one another just for the fun of it.
Marc Lazar has been fascinated with all kinds of stories ever since he can remember. Perhaps it had something to do with the countless hours he spent sitting in front of the T.V. during Walter Cronkite's newscast in the mid-70s. Don't blame his parents - it was one of the few things that would calm him as a tantrum-prone toddler. This led him down the path to become a journalist, before he switched careers to work with teens and adults on the autism spectrum. That's where he really learned about the power of stories to connect people, especially those who might see the world in a different light. After performing several times at storytelling open mics, this will be Marc's first performance as a featured storyteller.
I'm a Director of IT at a major video game company, 22q Dad, first generation Mexican-Chicagoan, the baddest emcee you've never heard...and now a story teller. With all but a couple of creative dreams and ambitions completely faded away, I was looking for an outlet. I felt like I needed to fuel the creative fire or it may extinguish completely. So, I took a storytelling class and started telling stories around Chicago. I found what I was looking for. It's been an extremely gratifying experience and the response has been great. I thoroughly enjoy crafting a story and getting up in front of an audience and sharing that moment together. I look forward to telling more stories in my own way and taking the whole experience and medium even further.
Laura Sudec is a social worker by profession and a research nerd by choice. As a Lab Manager at Northwestern University, she cares about helping children and families and doing rigorous research that will change policy and move the needle. She spends a lot of her free time playing sports and hanging out with her two cats, Pip and Paisley. She came to StoryLab during her first month in Chicago, after moving from Baltimore, Maryland. After 3 1/2 years of attending, she figured it was finally time to bite the bullet.
Brian Wille survived 15 years in IT and escaped with nothing worse than a bad back, acid reflux, nightmares and teeth ground down to nubs. His work has appeared in The Redacted Files podcast and blog, The Nerdologues Your Stories podcast, This Week in Despair podcast, and Brent P. Newhall's Museum of Fantastic Wonders. You can find him @steamboat77 on Twitter or visit his personal blog, Bad Company: Dungeoneers, Hunters, Aliens and Old Gods where he talks about games and stories.
Burgers and Beer Special
$5 burgers and $3.50 Chicago microbrews.
Kitchen opens at 5:30, but suspends service to the back at 7 for the duration of show.
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.