2nd Story In The Media














Read what other folks are saying about us.

“Bringing People Together: 2nd Story’s Programming Director Bobby Biedryzcki Talks With Chicago Literati” Chicago Now, April 19, 2013
Chicago Now‘s Founding Editor-in-Chief Abby Sheaffer interviews 2nd Story’s Director of Programming Bobby Biedryzcki.

“Mesmerized by 2nd Story” Chicago Tribune, May 13, 2012
Get the PDF

In vampire lore, the undead often have the ability to “glamour” humans: They focus an intense type of hypnotism on humans, forcing them to believe what the vampire says.

Being in the audience for a performance of 2nd Story, one of Chicago’s premier literary reading series, is kind of like being glamoured.

Lit 50: Who Really Books In Chicago,” Newcity, June 2, 2011
  Get the PDF

“In what has proven to be a brilliant experiment in developing a literature-theater hybrid, they continue to push the already wide boundaries of creative nonfiction. Once an annual festival, 2nd Story has expanded to performing three to six times a month, and now has a stable of more than a hundred active performers.”

Hungry For A Tale: Second Story Combines ‘Stories And Chefs’ For A Multidimensional Feast,” Newcity, May 20, 2011
  Get the PDF

“At least, that’s the plan: to share stories that represent different parts of American life—themes include drugs, birth, jazz, luck, cancer, fortunetellers, race, drunken girls and faith, among others. They’re different, funny and hysterical at times, but the stories can also draw you into a stillness that’s hard to shake, making you want to give the teller a hug. A huge one.”

Chicago’s Best Literary Readings,” CBS Chicago, June 8, 2011
  Get the PDF

“There’s nothing better than the sudden NEED to tell a great story after hearing an equally amazing story.”

Stielstra On 2nd Story,” Examiner, April 29, 2009
  Get the PDF

“While the process really grew out of trial-and-error, Amanda and I can certainly attribute our current good fortune to the amazing team of super-talented, dedicated people we’ve got in all aspects of the organization: production, music, marketing, story development, performance direction, sound design, storytellers and, most importantly, our wonderful, committed audience that keeps coming back, that finds value in what we do, that recognizes the power in a simple story and, hopefully, the inspiration to tell their own.”

Stories and Wine,” Gapers Block, July 30, 2007
  Get the PDF

“To audience members, 2nd Story may be most effective due to its unique format, which fosters discussion among the audience first and foremost. The name, Delheimer notes, is a play on words — not only does the series take place on the second story of Webster’s Wine Bar, but the ultimate goal of the series is “to get people to tell their story afterwards. That second story after each performance is what we’re really trying to get at.”

2nd Story,” Centerstage Chicago, September 18, 2006
  Get the PDF

“Between the wine, the intimate seating and the spaced out stories it’s almost impossible to end the evening without having made a few new friends.”