Storytelling Archive

  • We have an incredible lineup of featured storytellers for you on November 2nd. Founder of Jellyvision, Harry Gottlieb, CEO of BRIJ Fund Tequila Shabazz, and two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Roger Bonair-Agard are just a few. It's going to be a fantastic night. Please read on and reserve your seats at the link on the right. We are at Theater Wit on the 2nd where the slightly smaller venue sells-out quickly. 0

    November 2nd Show

    We have an incredible lineup of featured storytellers for you on November 2nd. Founder of Jellyvision, Harry Gottlieb, CEO of BRIJ Fund Tequila Shabazz, and two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Roger Bonair-Agard are just a few. It's going to be a fantastic night. Please read on and reserve your seats at the link on the right. We are at Theater Wit on the 2nd where the slightly smaller venue sells-out quickly.

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  • It is an act of trust to curate a show without knowing what stories are going to be told. The selection process overall is careful and intentional, and geared towards giving you a night of good performances from diverse perspectives. However, we never know what stories will be told. That is scary, and it is on purpose. It allows for something to be made by all of us that is serendipitous and surprising. We provide as sturdy a frame as possible, and then let all of you paint in the colors. Last night's collaborative art was powerful. Click below to read about it. 0

    August Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    It is an act of trust to curate a show without knowing what stories are going to be told. The selection process overall is careful and intentional, and geared towards giving you a night of good performances from diverse perspectives. However, we never know what stories will be told. That is scary, and it is on purpose. It allows for something to be made by all of us that is serendipitous and surprising. We provide as sturdy a frame as possible, and then let all of you paint in the colors. Last night's collaborative art was powerful. Click below to read about it.

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  • July's show was great. Thanks to each of you for coming, bringing food, and sharing your friends and stories. The performances were lively and strong. A theme of narrow escapes in childhood was bright through the night, with recountings of schoolyard fights, political revolution, international rescue and emergence from a confession booth. Click below to read more, and use the link on the right for tickets to next month's show! 0

    July Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    July's show was great. Thanks to each of you for coming, bringing food, and sharing your friends and stories. The performances were lively and strong. A theme of narrow escapes in childhood was bright through the night, with recountings of schoolyard fights, political revolution, international rescue and emergence from a confession booth. Click below to read more, and use the link on the right for tickets to next month's show!

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  • June's show was boldly revealing! Tellers recounted moments of exposure and vulnerability-- of the relational, physical, and elemental kind. It was also a night of firsts; first sex, first love, first time outside(!), first car, first intestinal emergency in a car, first personal ad, first time meeting a birth-mother. Themes emerge without us dictating them, and this theme of "firsts" was a sweet note for the first show under the new name. Join us on July 6th for true stories told live in a beautiful theater, in great company, over a gorgeous potluck dinner. Tickets to the right. 0

    June Recap and Walk-up Winner!

    June's show was boldly revealing! Tellers recounted moments of exposure and vulnerability-- of the relational, physical, and elemental kind. It was also a night of firsts; first sex, first love, first time outside(!), first car, first intestinal emergency in a car, first personal ad, first time meeting a birth-mother. Themes emerge without us dictating them, and this theme of "firsts" was a sweet note for the first show under the new name. Join us on July 6th for true stories told live in a beautiful theater, in great company, over a gorgeous potluck dinner. Tickets to the right.

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  • Hello fellows! A fantastic group of human beings are coming to tell you true stories on June 1st. How great is that? Oh... also? We have these four giant tables awaiting your culinary generosity. AND? There are 5 open performance spots that ANYONE from our audience can use to tell a story on a beautiful stage in a fantastic theater full of 150 remarkably awesome people: Here, Chicago has the most diverse, funny, warm, smart, sexy audience in the city. That's right. We said it. Read on and get tickets. 
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    June 1st Show

    Hello fellows! A fantastic group of human beings are coming to tell you true stories on June 1st. How great is that? Oh... also? We have these four giant tables awaiting your culinary generosity. AND? There are 5 open performance spots that ANYONE from our audience can use to tell a story on a beautiful stage in a fantastic theater full of 150 remarkably awesome people: Here, Chicago has the most diverse, funny, warm, smart, sexy audience in the city. That's right. We said it. Read on and get tickets.

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  • Last night was a lively night of storytelling; funny and honest and bold and well-told. This group of storytellers raised the bar and polished it to shining. Click to see beautiful photos from the night, listen to the podcast, and read about the good things that took place, and that are coming. Our next show is on June 1st, and tickets are available at the link on the right. 0

    May 4th Recap and Walk-up Winner

    Last night was a lively night of storytelling; funny and honest and bold and well-told. This group of storytellers raised the bar and polished it to shining. Click to see beautiful photos from the night, listen to the podcast, and read about the good things that took place, and that are coming. Our next show is on June 1st, and tickets are available at the link on the right.

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  • Here's the Story has been in the world for three years. Every first Sunday, 150 artists and thinkers from all different disciplines and backgrounds convene to share true stories, home-cooked meals, and warm attention. On the 4th, Shannon Cason, Angela Vela, EZ, and Nate Parkes join us to celebrate. Ian Belknap joins Janna as co-host, and special guests Pixihammer Press will be hammering out custom love and hate letters in the lobby before the show. It's going to be a great night of creativity and community. Reserve seats now, and make it even greater with your presence. 0

    Our Anniversary Show on May 4th

    Here's the Story has been in the world for three years. Every first Sunday, 150 artists and thinkers from all different disciplines and backgrounds convene to share true stories, home-cooked meals, and warm attention. On the 4th, Shannon Cason, Angela Vela, EZ, and Nate Parkes join us to celebrate. Ian Belknap joins Janna as co-host, and special guests Pixihammer Press will be hammering out custom love and hate letters in the lobby before the show. It's going to be a great night of creativity and community. Reserve seats now, and make it even greater with your presence.

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  • Some of the best storytellers and best people we know are coming to tell you true stories on April 6th. To make the night perfect, polish up a story of your own and bring it down to share! Click below to read about April's show, and click the link on the right to get tickets. Here's the Story tends to sell out, and this show in particular is a-buzzin'. If you are joining us in April, we MIGHTILY recommend reserving your seats ahead of time. Potluck ticket option available. 0

    April 6th Show!

    Some of the best storytellers and best people we know are coming to tell you true stories on April 6th. To make the night perfect, polish up a story of your own and bring it down to share! Click below to read about April's show, and click the link on the right to get tickets. Here's the Story tends to sell out, and this show in particular is a-buzzin'. If you are joining us in April, we MIGHTILY recommend reserving your seats ahead of time. Potluck ticket option available.

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  • We apologize for testing your love for Here's the Story with every single Important Pop Culture Event, weather disaster and day-after-a-national-holiday in the past 6 months! We haven't done it on purpose. For those of you who've had to miss first Sundays, photos, podcast and Audience Favorite walk-up teller are here. March's show was beautiful, and even on Oscars night, the house was packed. Click away to see more about it, and reserve seats for April at the link on the right. 0

    March Winner and Show Recap!

    We apologize for testing your love for Here's the Story with every single Important Pop Culture Event, weather disaster and day-after-a-national-holiday in the past 6 months! We haven't done it on purpose. For those of you who've had to miss first Sundays, photos, podcast and Audience Favorite walk-up teller are here. March's show was beautiful, and even on Oscars night, the house was packed. Click away to see more about it, and reserve seats for April at the link on the right.

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  • Looking for something bright to get you through these darkish days? Here's the Story is just what the doctor ordered. A night of joyful performance, fantastic company, and abundant, lovingly-made food has everything you need to stave off the winter blues. We've got your spirit-lifting endorphins, your warm human contact, and all the nutrients you need to prevent the scurvy you're coming down with from having refused to carry groceries in the snow for the last eight weeks.  Click to read about your wonderful features. Tickets on the right! 0

    March 2nd Show

    Looking for something bright to get you through these darkish days? Here's the Story is just what the doctor ordered. A night of joyful performance, fantastic company, and abundant, lovingly-made food has everything you need to stave off the winter blues. We've got your spirit-lifting endorphins, your warm human contact, and all the nutrients you need to prevent the scurvy you're coming down with from having refused to carry groceries in the snow for the last eight weeks. Click to read about your wonderful features. Tickets on the right!

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