Janna Sobel Archive

  • The next Here Chicago is taking place on September 24th. Read here for more information, and grab tickets at the link in the right-hand sidebar! 0

    September 24th Show!

    The next Here Chicago is taking place on September 24th. Read here for more information, and grab tickets at the link in the right-hand sidebar!

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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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  • What we have in the way of features in February is just a room full of wonderful. Basically, if you want to be in the company of love, wisdom, impressive skill and unique knowledge, come on down. At Here, Chicago we try and mix things up by introducing you to people with a variety of perspectives and experiences. But February's features all have something in common, which is that they're some of the best and most interesting people we know. 0

    February 26th Show!

    What we have in the way of features in February is just a room full of wonderful. Basically, if you want to be in the company of love, wisdom, impressive skill and unique knowledge, come on down. At Here, Chicago we try and mix things up by introducing you to people with a variety of perspectives and experiences. But February's features all have something in common, which is that they're some of the best and most interesting people we know.

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  • With a "feels like" of -5 degrees, it was as much of a feat for Here Chicagoans to venture out into the night, as it was a treat to be with them. Dinner was generous and beautiful, and the stories were harrowing, heart-breaking, and hope-inspiring. Click to read more about a very good night. And look for upcoming dates on the right. 0

    December Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    With a "feels like" of -5 degrees, it was as much of a feat for Here Chicagoans to venture out into the night, as it was a treat to be with them. Dinner was generous and beautiful, and the stories were harrowing, heart-breaking, and hope-inspiring. Click to read more about a very good night. And look for upcoming dates on the right.

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  • Here Chicago is back! And Nnamdi and Janna can't wait to see you. With all that's been going on we're thinking it could be nice to take a little time to listen, and be together, and feed each other. The expressed mission of this show has always been to bring people together across dividing lines. That's what it's for. To listen and share on common ground. Let's do it again. Read on to see what we've been up to. Tix on the right. 0

    Here, Chicago on December 18th

    Here Chicago is back! And Nnamdi and Janna can't wait to see you. With all that's been going on we're thinking it could be nice to take a little time to listen, and be together, and feed each other. The expressed mission of this show has always been to bring people together across dividing lines. That's what it's for. To listen and share on common ground. Let's do it again. Read on to see what we've been up to. Tix on the right.

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  • Last night was totally fantastic. I sometimes feel a little redundant in the adjectives I use to describe this show. But what can you do when a totally exalting, hilarious, tender exchange happens between 100 strangers and friends on a monthly basis? Click for photos, podcast and October's Awesome Walk-Up Winner! 0

    September Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    Last night was totally fantastic. I sometimes feel a little redundant in the adjectives I use to describe this show. But what can you do when a totally exalting, hilarious, tender exchange happens between 100 strangers and friends on a monthly basis? Click for photos, podcast and October's Awesome Walk-Up Winner!

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