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!

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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To Bear What Must be Borne: Stories of Strength and Resilience

Doors open at 6:30pm. Stories at 7:30pm.

Strength is not merely defined by what we can carry, but also what we can let go. Resilience is not just withstanding turmoil, but rising above it to become the change we wish to see in the world. In today’s world, we all need a little strength and resilience, and sometimes it comes to us in unexpected ways. From the story of one woman’s struggle between her vulnerability and her conscience to the story of a pair of friends carrying each other during adversity, join us for four new stories at the Haymarket Pub and Brewery.

Curated by CP Chang. Directed by Amanda Delheimer Dimond.

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This Is Where We Are: Stories Of Self And Acceptance

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

What happens when someone isn’t who we thought they were? What happens when that someone is us? A celebrity crush crashes an anniversary celebration; a woman wrestles the ghost haunting her new life; a child rules her new world with both velvet glove and iron fist; a mother struggles to give her daughter the world she never had. This month, our tellers search for answers as they search for themselves—whether they like what they find or not.

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 Andrew Reilly. Directed by Dorothy Milne and Mariana Green. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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2nd Story Presents: Election Night

Doors open at 5 pm, with specialty cocktails all night long.

Has this election cycle got you down? Take a break from the hard-hitting political discourse and join us on October 16, 2016, at the Long Room in North Center for a different type of election. 2nd Story Company Member Julie Ganey will be ready to share three different stories, but the audience will vote to decide which one she tells!

$5 suggested donation at the door.

Julie Ganey

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Forging Ahead: Stories of Striving for Change

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

Talking politics is tricky. There’s the big “P” Politics: the operation of a government and its defined institutions and procedures.  Then there’s little “p” politics: how our daily lives are constructed, how individual people or groups have influence or power over each other. In light of the upcoming election, we ask ourselves: how does the political world play out in our everyday lives? In moments of decisions, we see what we stand for, and what we will stand up for. Join us for an evening of stories exploring how people make decisions as they strive to be better (and do better) for themselves and the world.

Curated by Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke. Directed by Thrisa Hodits. Sound Design by Ben Zeman.

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2nd Story's 2016/17 Season Kickoff: Stories of the Here and Now

Doors at 6:30pm; stories at 7:30pm.

As we enter our 2016-2017 season, we are faced with a disconcerting election, charged religious and racial conflicts, and television news cycles that propagate every type of fear.  Now, perhaps more than ever, we need the power of true, personal stories to help us navigate what is real, what is essential in our world. Join 2nd Story this season as we explore stories of the here and now.

Our season kickoff features four storytellers who are at their wits end dealing with the wiles of our nation’s state of affairs—from the insider-guide chronicles of an Uber driver to the grocery-store adventures of a woman just off her Zoloft.

Curated by Margaret Marion and Paula Carter. Directed by Tyler Greene.

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