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!

2nd Story and City Lit Bookstore at Revolution Brewing

2nd Story continues its book-release tour as three storytellers read their stories from the anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story.

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Say My Name: Stories of Journey and Identity

What are the stories that reside in our names? And how do our names define us? This March we bring you four stories rooted in names, and the journeys we take to define and defend who we are. From a young man’s playground battle to defend the name given to him on another continent, to a woman struggling to make peace with the parts of her mother now living inside her, this month we ask you to say our names, as we bring you stories of journey and identity.

Curated by Megan Shuchman. Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary. Sound Design by Eric Hazen.

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2nd Story at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn

2nd Story continues its book-release tour as four storytellers read their stories from the anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story.

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2nd Story at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn

The 2nd Story book tour continues as four storytellers read their stories from Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story.

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2nd Story at Revolution Brewery

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

Join us in the Brewer’s Lounge at Revolution Brewery for an evening of our some of our favorite stories, by some of our favorite tellers, about one of our favorite subjects: Family.  Darwyn Jones will spin a tale about truth and lies in the family dynamic, Margaret Marion will share her story about sisterly love (and competition), and CP Chang will meditate on the search for faith and religion in a relationship.  All that story greatness against a backdrop of two hours of tasting of Revolution’s signature beers and tasty food.  How can you resist?

Curated by Amanda Delheimer Dimond.

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2nd Story at Story Week

2nd Story is thrilled to return to Story Week! Join us at the legendary Buddy Guy’s Legends as we kick off Chicago’s critically acclaimed festival of readings, conversations, panels, performances, book signings, and film screenings. Presented annually by the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, this year’s Story Week celebrates Voice and Vision, and 2nd Story can’t wait to join in with four new stories that examine when, and how, we’ve been given voice. From a woman thrown in jail for the first time, to a veteran cast member of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this show will inspire you to yell and sing and share your own.

Curated by Megan Stielstra. Directed by Jess Kadish. Sound Design by Mikhail Fiksel and Seeking Wonderland.

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Tough Guys Talk Tough: Stories of Image and Action

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

Chicago is a world famous ‘tough guy’ town. From Al Capone to Mike Ditka, the Chi has always embraced the image of the tough guy. But what happens when an individual’s actions don’t exactly match their tough guy persona? This month, 2nd Story will explore this image through the lens of the personal, with stories by, for, and about the ‘tough guy.’ From a man learning to draw the line with a new flame to a woman brushing full-on against the limits of revenge, this March we break out the scowls and explore what it really means to be tough.

Curated by Andrew Reilly. Directed by Dorothy Milne. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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People Get Ready: Stories of Transitions

Has your life ever taken an unexpected twist? The chance to chase a dream—whether it’s a move to a new city, a commitment to true love, even just the freedom that comes with a driver’s license—can be exhilarating. But even when change is a choice, it can act as the catalyst for events we hadn’t anticipated. Join us at the Underground Wonder Bar as we explore the unexpected consequences of diving headfirst into new experiences. From a woman who struggles—on the eve of her wedding—with a best friend’s betrayal to a teen whose driver’s education takes a sudden left turn, 2nd Story brings you stories of transitions.

Curated by Julia Borcherts. Directed by Ozzie Totten. Sound Design by Eric Hazen.

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Stories & Music at Inspiration Kitchen

Reservations for the March 15th performance will open on Saturday, February 23rd.

For the first time, live music & storytelling will be presented in the Garfield Park community, in an exciting collaboration between Chicago West Community Music Center and 2nd Story.  Featuring stories by Howard Sandifer, Bobby Biedrzycki, and Margaret Marion, and with live music by Howard Sandifer Productions and friends, we invite you to join us as we kick off this partnership with a pair of public performances.

The first performance will be on February 22nd, and the second performance (of the same show) will be on March 15th.  (We will begin taking reservations for the March 15th performance on February 23rd.)

The show includes three stories, live music, and a 4-course meal (menu choices include: fried green tomatoes, sweet potato soup, and crawfish etouffe, just to name a few!)

Admission is open to the public (donations will be accepted), and reservations MUST be made in advance either here or by calling 773.217.8679.  Once our reservation list is full, we will continue to take names for a waiting list, so please let us know if you’re interested in attending!

Curated by Bobby Biedrzycki. Directed by Nic Dimond. Sound Design by Mikhail Fiksel.

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Let’s Make Out!: Stories of Awkward Love

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

Relationships can be challenging and complex, especially when there’s kissing involved! This Valentine’s Day weekend, 2nd Story will celebrate the awkward, but charming, moments from relationships of all kinds. From a honeymoon so disastrous that it threatens to cause a divorce only a few days into a marriage, to a drunken kiss that will live in infamy, this month we bring you stories of kisses and the awkward moments they often produce.

Curated by Molly Each. Directed by Tyler Greene. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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