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!

Homecoming: Stories of Return and Departure

Seating at 8pm; stories begin at 9pm.

Home can be a place: where you grew up, where you live now, or where you’re meant to be. It can be a person: someone you love, someone who loves you, or someone you’re stuck with. It can be an idea: the philosophy that grounds you no matter where you are or who you’re with. We’re constantly leaving and returning to these homes throughout our lives. When we leave, what do we learn? And when we come back, is it still home, or has it changed? Or have we changed? From a young man coming to terms with his spiritual and sexual identities to a woman trying to navigate a holiday at her family’s home for the first time post-divorce, hear four stories of coming home and leaving home.

Curated by Nick Ward. Directed by Lee Stark. Sound Design by Brakes on the Highway.

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A Land of Plenty: Stories of Scarcity & Abundance

Doors at 6pm; stories at 8pm.

Thanksgiving is a time of feasting, of food and family and gratitude. On this designated day of appreciation, we become acutely aware of just how much we have to be thankful for. And yet, that question of how much we have differs greatly depending on where we’re coming from. As the wealth gap continues to grow in this country, the divides between those who have plenty, those who have enough, and those who do not are sharper than they’ve been for generations. How do we reconcile living in a country whose excesses are accessible to increasingly fewer people? How do we find plenty in the midst of scarcity? And how do we give thanks for what we have while also striving for more?

Curated by Deb Lewis. Directed by Reshmi Hazra. Sound Design by Mike Przygoda.

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Free Workshop at Greenline

What’s your story? (You know you have one.) 2nd Story, Chicago’s premiere storytelling series, offers a free workshop open to the public. Explore digging into your own experiences, what makes a great story, finding your voice and crafting your real-life piece for an audience, all in 2nd Story’s uniquely collaborative style. Grab your journal and join in the fun.

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Fall Friendraiser

When the 2nd Story Open Writing Time ends at 4pm, that’s when the Friendraiser starts! Join us for a free event at our studio headquarters, to blow off that pent up writing steam! Grab a whiskey on the rocks or a warm cup of green tea, to calm your fingers and get your face off the computer screen. We’ll bring together story creators and fans of all stripes as we host a gathering to celebrate our craft. What better way to end a day of hard work, surrounded by friends?

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Let's Get Outta Here: Stories of Breaking Free (Mon Nov 10)

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

When we find ourselves stuck in a corner, it can take a while to figure out what’s going on: at first we try to move forward but we find ourselves hitting a wall. The first step is realizing that we’re stuck – physically, emotionally or otherwise. Then comes the part where we get the hell out. But the question is: how? Making an escape plan is one thing; going through with it is another. What’s holding us back and keeping us rooted to the place where we are? And how do we make sure we don’t get stuck again? From a college student’s first brush with crime to a teenage girl coming into her own identity, hear four stories of breaking free.

 

In addition to our regular tickets ($20), we offer Pay What You Feel tickets at the door (you can pay $1 or $1,000, whatever feels right to you). Same show, same seating, same experience. Read more about this initiative to eliminate real and perceived financial barriers here.

Curated by Jessica Young. Directed by Jess Kadish. Sound Design by Harold Washington Trio.

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Let's Get Outta Here: Stories of Breaking Free (Sun Nov 9)

Doors at 5:30pm; stories at 6pm.

When we find ourselves stuck in a corner, it can take a while to figure out what’s going on: at first we try to move forward but we find ourselves hitting a wall. The first step is realizing that we’re stuck – physically, emotionally or otherwise. Then comes the part where we get the hell out. But the question is: how? Making an escape plan is one thing; going through with it is another. What’s holding us back and keeping us rooted to the place where we are? And how do we make sure we don’t get stuck again? From a college student’s first brush with crime to a teenage girl coming into her own identity, hear four stories of breaking free.

 

In addition to our regular tickets ($20), we offer Pay What You Feel tickets at the door (you can pay $1 or $1,000, whatever feels right to you). Same show, same seating, same experience. Read more about this initiative to eliminate real and perceived financial barriers here.

Curated by Jessica Young. Directed by Jess Kadish. Sound Design by Harold Washington Trio.

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When Night Falls: Stories from the Shadows

Doors at 7:30pm; show starts at 8pm.

The world transforms during the Halloween season. The same streets and buildings we see every day appear more mysterious, more full of secrets and possibilities. What’s out there?, we wonder. And, looking inward, What’s in here? In the shadows, it may be dark but we can’t hide from ourselves. Without the light of the everyday, somehow it becomes much clearer who we are, what we need, and how we truly perceive the world. Journey into the darkness with us for an evening of territorial ghosts, abandoned theme parks, teenage runaways – and confronting what we truly believe.

 

In addition to our regular tickets ($20), we offer Pay What You Feel tickets at the door (you can pay $1 or $1,000, whatever feels right to you). Same show, same seating, same experience. Read more about this initiative to eliminate real and perceived financial barriers here.

Curated by Jess Kadish. Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary. Sound Design by Brakes on the Highway.

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Where the Hell Are We? Stories of Finding Our Way (Sun Oct 12)

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

Sometimes, getting lost takes us by surprise: one minute we know exactly where we are, and the next, nothing looks familiar. Other times, getting lost happens gradually: we can feel ourselves getting farther and farther from where we’re supposed to be, but somehow we just can’t turn back around. How do we figure out where we’re going? Does each step we take lead us back to the path, or farther away from it? Did we even want to be on that path in the first place? From learning to parent while helping others do the same, to a fried chicken dinner gone horribly wrong, hear four stories of getting lost and finding our way again.

Curated by Jess Kadish. Directed by Liz Rice. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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Where the Hell Are We? Stories of Finding Our Way (Fri Oct 10)

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

Sometimes, getting lost takes us by surprise: one minute we know exactly where we are, and the next, nothing looks familiar. Other times, getting lost happens gradually: we can feel ourselves getting farther and farther from where we’re supposed to be, but somehow we just can’t turn back around. How do we figure out where we’re going? Does each step we take lead us back to the path, or farther away from it? Did we even want to be on that path in the first place? From learning to parent while helping others do the same, to a fried chicken dinner gone horribly wrong, hear four stories of getting lost and finding our way again.

Curated by Jess Kadish. Directed by Liz Rice. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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The Morning After: Stories of What Happens Next

Each morning, a new day begins and we have a chance at a fresh start. Sometimes, this ‘morning’ is literal and sometimes it’s not — sometimes ‘morning’ is opening the front door, or hitting send on an email, or walking away from someone we love. And then: what happens once the sun rises? What does this new day look like? From a student faced with unexpected danger traveling in her country of birth, to a young man discovering his sexuality, kick off 2nd Story’s 2014-2015 season with four brand-new stories of what happens next.

Curated by Amanda Delheimer Dimond and Jess Kadish. Directed by Julie Sadowksi. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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