Annual Fundraiser: Celebrating 18 Years of Story!

Celebrating its 18th season, 2nd Story has spent nearly two decades crafting performances, storytelling events, and educational opportunities in Chicago that create and foster meaningful connections between individuals and communities.

At our core, we believe that stories are what bind us together. We believe that sharing stories has the power to change the world. Now, more than ever, it is imperative to have those spaces where we can share and deeply listen to each other’s stories.

Join us for a night of original stories, live music, craft beer, and more!

Tickets go on sale March 1, 2017.

General Admission tickets are $75 and include all you can sip Revolution Brewing Craft Beer, delicious appetizers, and access to our highly anticipated silent auction. As a token of our appreciation, we will also be sending you home with an exclusive 2nd Story Swag Bag at the end of the night.

2nd Story Super Fan tickets are $125. In addition to the above, you will receive reserved seating at the event and recognition in the program. As a token of our appreciation, we will also be sending you home with your very own craft beer package complete with a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid 22oz. Bomber and pint glasses.

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The Storytellers

CP Chang

CP Chang is a writer and business analyst. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Vignette Review, Hair Trigger, artisan, Upstairs at Duroc (via the Paris Writers Workshop), Atlanta Review, on, on, and in the anthologies My Angels and Demons at War, Open to Interpretation, and Chicago: An Immigrant City. CP Chang received his M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College of Chicago.

Dave Wagener

Dave is an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where he represents corporate borrowers and banks in connection with various types of complex cross-border secured financing transactions. He also represents veteran clients pro bono in claims for service-connected disability benefits. Prior to joining Skadden, he studied music theory at the University of Michigan where he played viola in the symphony orchestra and taught violin and viola lessons. Dave served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division and is a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is drawn to 2nd Story because of its commitment to community and inclusion through the art of storytelling.

LaTanya Lane

LaTanya Lane is a writer interested in how we use stories to construct and navigate our experiences. She holds a B.A. in English, and came to Chicago to earn an M.A. from Chicago Theological Seminary. LaTanya attended the Voices of Our Nations Arts Writer's Workshop and enjoys participating in Chicago's vibrant live lit scene as much as her six-year-old son allows.

Liz Gottmann

Liz Gottmann is a native of Chicago and wears that badge proudly. She has worked at Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Next Theatre Company and is the former General Manager at 2nd Story. She is currently the Executive Coordinator at Marwen. She is a graduate of Columbia College with a degree in Live and Performing Arts Management. Being a Company Member at 2nd Story is one of the things she is most proud of and she would love to tell you why :)

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