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!

Justice: Stories of Fighting the Good Fight

Doors at 7:15pm. Show starts at 8:00pm.

As the heat rises in July, so does the urgency to challenge the status quo. From Chicago to Detroit to Philadelphia, some of the most notable riots in history have taken place during this month. Hear three stories of individual and collective resistance from Ricardo Gamboa, Wyl Villacres, and Denise Ruiz.

Curated by Jess Kadish and Megan Shuchman. Directed by Reshmi Hazra. Sound Design by Harold Washington Trio.

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Joy: Stories of Identity and Self-Expression

Doors at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.

As summer begins, we peel off our winter layers—literally and figuratively—in order to discover who we are underneath. Once our real selves are exposed, how will people react? How will we react? Hear three stories of finding, expressing, and celebrating ourselves and our personal styles from Melissa DuPrey, Deb Lewis, and Shaun Sperling.

Curated by Bobby Biedrzycki and Jess Kadish. Directed by Nic Dimond. Sound Design by Seeking Wonderland.

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The Aftermath: Stories of Miracles and Beyond

Doors at 7pm; show at 7:30pm

Do you believe in Miracles? They often come in different shapes, sizes, and forms. And sometimes we don’t even realize they’re happening until years later. This June 2nd Story celebrates the close of our 2013-2014 Season ‘As the Dust Settles’ with one of our most magical shows ever, as we offer you four stories of the miraculous. A young woman whose college experience is crumbling in front of her, a mother and son grappling with the price paid for taking a stand, a granddaughter discovering her bond to ancient religious rituals, and what it means to both move on and long for home at the same time, this month we end our season with The Aftermath: Stories of Miracles and Beyond.

Curated by Julie Ganey. Directed by Lee Stark. Sound Design by Harold Washington Trio.

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2nd Story with Illinois Humanities Council

Home Again will be an evening of funny, poignant, and illuminating tales about migration, held in Chicago’s colorful, vibrant Pilsen neighborhood.

Most of us experience some form of migration in our lifetime, whether we are moving into and out of neighborhoods, or crossing state lines and national borders. How has this movement impacted our concept of self, our relationships with others, and our idea of home? What is the collective result of moving across countries, continents, and identities?

Together with your own experiences, these stories will spark an engaging and thoughtful dialogue about migration in all its forms and contexts.

Curated by Bobby Biedrzycki. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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At Your Mother's Knee: Stories of Learning and Acceptance

Doors at 7pm; show at 7:30pm.

While our mothers might be our initial teachers, it’s probably the world around us that provides us with our most consistent learning experiences. This Mother’s Day Weekend, join 2nd Story as our tellers share stories learning and acceptance. From a young woman who finds sisterhood while working in a Michigan prison, to a mom navigating a deeply guarded truth with her ten-year-old, this May we celebrate the month of mothers with an emotional night of stories that are sure to teach us all something.

Curated by Megan Shuchman. Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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Spring 2014 2nd Story Friendraiser

April is 2nd Story’s birthday month and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to throw a party for our Friends! If you love 2nd Story and want to learn even more about us, join us for our annual Friendraiser at our Ravenswood Studio on Tuesday, April 29th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come talk with members of the 2nd Story collective and see where we do all our season planning, creative brainstorming, and rehearsing.

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Now You See Me: Stories of Public and Private Self

Doors at 7pm; show at 7:30pm.

As children we often play peek-a-boo, searching and giggling as adult faces vanish and then reappear before our eyes. And as we grow older, we begin to play a similar game of hide-and-seek with the parts of ourselves we make public to the world. This April, 2nd Story celebrates our 15th Birthday by sharing stories of public and private self. From a woman who spends a year living as an Oprah devotee, to a man tasked with teaching sex-ed to his autistic brother, this April we lift the curtain and present stories of self.

Curated by Deb Lewis. Directed by Liz Rice. Sound Design by Eric Hazen.

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No Fool: Stories of Risk and Strategy

Doors at 6pm; show begins at 8pm.

Do we survive life’s biggest challenges through lucky breaks? Or high-level strategizing? This April 1st, 2nd Story will bring its signature Stories & Live Music Series to City Winery for “No Fool: Stories of Risk and Strategy” as we present moments of heightened drama. From a man’s late night encounter with police officers, to a woman trying to make sense of a neighborhood family’s grieving process, this April Fool’s Day we flip the script on all the foolishness and bring you stories of risk and strategy.

Curated by Bobby Biedrzycki. Directed by Thrisa Hodits.

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Fundraiser at Revolution Brewing: Game On: Stories of Turning It Up

Doors open at 6 pm, unlimited tasting of food and craft beers from 6-8 pm.

Sometimes, we are facing a moment of drama so huge that there’s no choice but to dig in and turn up. This March, join 2nd Story for our annual fundraiser at Revolution Brewery as two of our most dynamic company members, Margaret Marion and Bobby Biedrzycki, share stories of turning it up. From a high school cheerleader in love with a star player on a rival team, to a man learning to accept the destruction in his past, join 2nd Story at Revolution Brewing as we give you stories of turning it up.

Curated by Bobby Biedrzycki. Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary. Sound Design by Eric Hazen.

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2nd Story at Story Week

Doors at 5:45. Free and open to public.

2nd Story is thrilled to be a part of The Story Week Festival of Writers, a celebration of story in fiction, film, theater, art, music and publishing. This is our sixth year opening this jam-packed week of readings, performances, panels and discussions and we couldn’t be more excited—it’s one of our favorite parties of the year! We’ll be partnering up with the fabulous Harold Washington Trio to take over Martrys’ with four brand new stories: from a mother led away in handcuffs in front of her daughters to a woman grappling with the consequences of a new boyfriend’s lie, these storytellers examine the choices we make when there’s no other choice.

Curated by Megan Stielstra. Directed by Jess Kadish. Sound Design by Harold Washington Trio.

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