Janna Sobel Archive

  • Not to pat ourselves on the back or anything. But we may have outdone ourselves with regard to convening excellent souls on February 25th. The purpose of Here Chicago is to bring great people together with a variety of perspectives. And if this line-up of featured storytellers is any indication of the goodness to come, we are all in for a stunner of a night. Join us for Chicago's most under-the-radar, over the moon joyful, least-reviewed, best-attended little miracle of a show that's ever sold out an 150-seat theater for 7 years straight. 0

    February 25th Show!

    Not to pat ourselves on the back or anything. But we may have outdone ourselves with regard to convening excellent souls on February 25th. The purpose of Here Chicago is to bring great people together with a variety of perspectives. And if this line-up of featured storytellers is any indication of the goodness to come, we are all in for a stunner of a night. Join us for Chicago's most under-the-radar, over the moon joyful, least-reviewed, best-attended little miracle of a show that's ever sold out an 150-seat theater for 7 years straight.

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  • It was so, so good. Warm thanks to everyone who came to take the stage and listen to stories and share food with each other, and even witness Stephanie's and my gleefully absurd opening shenanigans. We loved being with you all, and can't wait to tell you who won Audience Favorite! Click to find out, and to see gorgeous photos from the night. 0

    December Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    It was so, so good. Warm thanks to everyone who came to take the stage and listen to stories and share food with each other, and even witness Stephanie's and my gleefully absurd opening shenanigans. We loved being with you all, and can't wait to tell you who won Audience Favorite! Click to find out, and to see gorgeous photos from the night.

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  • Hello good fellows. Here Chicago rides again on December 17th, and we'd be overjoyed to have you with us. As ever, we offer a warm evening of diverse creative community. A bunch of great humans with a wide variety of perspectives coming together to enjoy the common grounds of delicious food and stories. If you bring a prepared dish for the potluck, your admission is free. Click to see more! 1

    December 17th Show!

    Hello good fellows. Here Chicago rides again on December 17th, and we'd be overjoyed to have you with us. As ever, we offer a warm evening of diverse creative community. A bunch of great humans with a wide variety of perspectives coming together to enjoy the common grounds of delicious food and stories. If you bring a prepared dish for the potluck, your admission is free. Click to see more!

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  • Great thanks to everyone who attended last night's show. It was wonderful gathering of creativity, courage, goofiness, and generosity. Click here for photos, podcast, Walk-Up Winner, and a wee article inspired by the night. 0

    September Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    Great thanks to everyone who attended last night's show. It was wonderful gathering of creativity, courage, goofiness, and generosity. Click here for photos, podcast, Walk-Up Winner, and a wee article inspired by the night.

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  • The next Here Chicago happens on September 24th! Click to read about our fantastic features, and for info on how to participate in the night. If you're joining us, use the link in the right-hand sidebar to reserve seats, as the show sells out. We can't wait to see you!! 0

    September 24th Show!

    The next Here Chicago happens on September 24th! Click to read about our fantastic features, and for info on how to participate in the night. If you're joining us, use the link in the right-hand sidebar to reserve seats, as the show sells out. We can't wait to see you!!

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  • Sunday's show was wonderful. The stories were powerful, well crafted and well-told. There were stories about injustice and personal triumph, dreams, danger, divine inspiration and absurd misunderstandings. Nnamdi and I were each grateful at the end of the night for the opportunity to share the time with all of you. Click to read more! 0

    June Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    Sunday's show was wonderful. The stories were powerful, well crafted and well-told. There were stories about injustice and personal triumph, dreams, danger, divine inspiration and absurd misunderstandings. Nnamdi and I were each grateful at the end of the night for the opportunity to share the time with all of you. Click to read more!

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  • We have a wonderful show in store for you on June 25th. Join us for a beautiful summer night of creative community, delicious food, and true stories told live by some of the most interesting, admirable folks we know. Click to read more about them. The show tends to sell-out, so if you plan to attend, reserve seats in advance. Link is on the right! 0

    June 25th Show!

    We have a wonderful show in store for you on June 25th. Join us for a beautiful summer night of creative community, delicious food, and true stories told live by some of the most interesting, admirable folks we know. Click to read more about them. The show tends to sell-out, so if you plan to attend, reserve seats in advance. Link is on the right!

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  • Last night was wonderful. We are so grateful to all of our tellers for the care and craft that went into their stories. And equally grateful to our guests for bringing delicious, gorgeous potluck dishes, and for sharing their warm attention. Click to find out who our slam winner was, and to grab seats for June's show. 0

    April Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    Last night was wonderful. We are so grateful to all of our tellers for the care and craft that went into their stories. And equally grateful to our guests for bringing delicious, gorgeous potluck dishes, and for sharing their warm attention. Click to find out who our slam winner was, and to grab seats for June's show.

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  • An exceptional group of people are joining us as featured storytellers on April 23rd. These are some of the best human beings we know, and some of the best storytellers as well. We also offer 5 OPEN storytelling spots for the express purpose of giving you a place to tell your story. Here, Chicago exists for no other reason than to give Chicagoans a chance get together and listen to each other, so we invite you to share a piece of your life! Read on for our guidelines. 0

    April 23rd Show!

    An exceptional group of people are joining us as featured storytellers on April 23rd. These are some of the best human beings we know, and some of the best storytellers as well. We also offer 5 OPEN storytelling spots for the express purpose of giving you a place to tell your story. Here, Chicago exists for no other reason than to give Chicagoans a chance get together and listen to each other, so we invite you to share a piece of your life! Read on for our guidelines.

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  • February 26th's show will stand as one of my favorite Here, Chicago shows of all time. In the 5 years I've been doing this, I'm not sure we've had a night with such consistently beautiful storytelling. Our storytellers made a quilt of stories with common patterns that ran through the night. Many themes were interwoven, but there was a common thread of human spirit that finds a way and burns bright. 0

    February Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    February 26th's show will stand as one of my favorite Here, Chicago shows of all time. In the 5 years I've been doing this, I'm not sure we've had a night with such consistently beautiful storytelling. Our storytellers made a quilt of stories with common patterns that ran through the night. Many themes were interwoven, but there was a common thread of human spirit that finds a way and burns bright.

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