Past Events

Trying to remember who that fantastic storyteller was at that great 2nd Story show you saw last month? Want to find out the name of the band at the Stories and Music show that just ended? Check out our past shows here!

Do You See Me Now? Stories of Demanding Discovery

Doors open at 6, stories begin at 7.

Join us for our first show at Found, with some of our favorite stories from this past year.  From two friends figuring out how to show up for each other, to a young man navigating unknown territory, these four stories will explore our individual needs to see and be seen.

Food and drink will be available during the event, but patrons also have the option to arrive early and dine in the front room before adjourning to the Salon for the show!

Curated by Amanda Delheimer Dimond. Sound Design by Billy Eline.

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Mother Courage: Stories of Holding Ground

Doors at 7:00pm; stories at 7:30pm.

Sometimes we don’t go out and seek a battle – it finds us: in a Cracker Barrel Restaurant, in our neighborhood, in our rose garden, or in our own house, right in front of the guinea pigs. And before we know it, we’re taking a stand on gay rights, the politics of skin color and environmentally friendly pest control. Join us this Mother’s Day as we examine moments of holding firm, refracted by the lens of motherhood. We’re not saying all these stories are about mothers. But mothers are present, as they so often are, when we’re bravely standing our ground.

Curated by Julie Ganey. Directed by Dorothy Milne. Sound Design by Billy Eline.

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Annual Fundraiser: Celebrating 18 Years of Story!

Doors open at 6:00pm || Program begins at 6:30pm

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.

Curated by Amanda Delheimer Dimond. Directed by Lexi Saunders.

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What You Don't See: Stories of Illumination and Impulse

Doors at 7:00pm; stories at 7:30pm.

What are the secrets we know to be true yet seem just shy of self-evident? What are the perspectives we don’t share? What are the stories we don’t tell? Join 2nd Story for an evening in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Together we can shine a light on the many facets of this complex issue with stories of what it means to be a survivor, a parent, an ally–and how we can all find a path to healing.

For the second year in a row, 2nd Story will be at The Teal Room at Pub 626 in Rogers Park for one full weekend every month. Tickets available online or at the door. See you there!

Curated by Aimy Tien. Directed by Lexi Saunders. Sound Design by Ben Zeman.

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Betwixt, Between, and Beyond: Stories of Becoming

Guess what? You are not the same person at 17 as you are at 72. Over our lifespan, we literally go through dozens of internal and external metamorphoses. Who we are today is not who we are forever. Join us for a night of stories that explore the fluidity of identities and the ways we continue becoming ourselves throughout our lives.

Curated by Aimy Tien and Amanda Delheimer Dimond. Directed by Lexi Saunders. Sound Design by Billy Eline.

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Contrary to Popular Belief: Stories of Making Our Own Meaning

Doors at 7:00pm; stories at 7:30pm.

What is the meaning of life? 2nd Story has the answer and it will be revealed in this show! Disclaimer: The question turns out to be complex. Come learn how our four storytellers have wrestled with and found meaning in unexpected places. From a woman’s resignation from the Mormon Church and search for her own community to how the daughter of Iranian immigrants tries to makes sense of her full identity, join us for an evening of stories that ask the big questions.

For the second year in a row, 2nd Story will be at The Teal Room at Pub 626 in Rogers Park for one full weekend every month. Tickets available online or at the door. See you there!

Curated by Paula Carter. Directed by CP Chang. Sound Design by Jeffery Levin.

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Stories & Chefs

Doors at 6:30, Performance begins at 7 pm.

Join 2nd Story and the chef of Knife & Tine as we pair the art of storytelling with the art of culinary creation. For this unique performance, Chef Paul Caravelli and his team will prepare a four course meal, each course directly inspired by one of the four stories you will hear throughout the evening. The Stories & Chefs series promises a one-of-a-kind experience of artistic collaboration; food, drink, and conversation come together to provide a beautifully synthesized evening.

Curated by Amanda Delheimer Dimond. Directed by Krissy Vanderwarker.

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An Inconvenient Love: Stories of Joy and Resilience

Doors at 7:00pm || Stories at 7:30pm

Despite what the movies may depict, love doesn’t always happen in a whirlwind of emotion against a dramatic yet moving musical backdrop.  Taking the risk of loving can sometimes be messy, unpredictable, and above all inconvenient.  But, when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to experience this elusive phenomenon, we also allow for a joy that is indescribably beautiful.  From a boy’s quest to fulfill his “destiny” with a childhood crush to a young woman’s journey to find strength and  self-love after a life long relationship, join us for an evening of stories that will celebrate the joy and resilience of loving off script.

Curated by Earliana McLaurin. Directed by Liz Rice. Sound Design by Billy Eline.

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People are People: Stories of Our Shared Humanity

Steppenwolf’s LookOut series hosts us for ONE NIGHT ONLY in the 1700 Theatre. Grab an espresso or a cocktail (or both!) at Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks and head into the theater for a night of stories!

Curated by Amanda Delheimer Dimond. Directed by Lexi Saunders. Sound Design by Mike Przygoda.

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Seeing Things in a New Light: Stories of Discovery and Epiphany

Doors at 7:00pm; stories at 7:30pm.

Life throws you a curveball, and your world becomes unmoored. Sometimes, that change comes with the end of a relationship or a radical career shift. But no matter what, these discoveries and epiphanies have the power to transform our worlds, or at least our perceptions. From a young woman who must endure one of her biggest fears to reach her saving grace to a little girl on a quest with her mother for a new set of dishes, join us for an evening of stories that are sure to help you see things in a new light.

Curated by Aimy Tien and Vince Pagan. Directed by Julian Stroop. Sound Design by Jeffery Levin.

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