What is Story Sessions?

whatisstorysessionsStory Sessions is a monthly show, based in Chicago, featuring six different storytellers each month. Each performer shares a 10-minute non-fiction story that ties back to the theme for the night. The performers range from professional actors, playwrights and comedians to traditional writers and even first time tellers.

Each show begins with a live set of music as the audience arrives, finds their seats and gets comfortable with food and beverages. During the show, the audience is encouraged to anonymously write a line or two on Story Sessions stationery with their own thoughts related to the show theme. Some of the responses are read aloud by the host between stories.

While the stories are performed, an artist sketches an interpretation of each tale. At the end of the show, we distribute a bookmark with some of our favorite lines from the show as well as the next show date. After the show, we share the recording through our podcast, which now has more than 35,000 downloads.

Join us for our special campfire show at the Little House of Glencoe on Saturday, October 25. And don’t forget to join our mailing list to stay in the know about upcoming shows!

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Your complete guide to the Campfire Show

campfireHere’s our handy FAQ for our fall show!

What’s the time/date of the show?

Saturday, October 25, 7-9:30pm
6:30: Pre-show potluck
7:00: Stories begin

What should I bring?
Warm clothes, maybe an extra blanket just in case. A snack to share (encouraged but not required).

campfireWhere is this place?
The Little House of Glencoe (690 Birch Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022) is just off of 94. If you’re coming from the city, you get off 94 at Dundee and then travel about 3 miles to the destination.

What if I don’t have a car?
We have lots of people with cars who are happy to offer a ride. Let us know (email storysessionschicago at gmail.com) and we’ll get you there and back.

Is this different than other shows?
The format is similar as we have music, 6 storytellers and our fantastic resident artist drawing the stories. But this show is a little more casual as it’s outdoors. Food will be picnic/potluck style. And did we mention the fire? And the s’mores? And the hot dogs?

Can I bring my kids?
As always, there is adult content in the stories so it is not advised. Teens can be accompanied by adults- if you have specific kid questions, please let us know.

Are there tickets?
Yes! We use Brown Paper Tickets as our ticket vendor. We encourage advance tickets as all of our smaller shows have sold out.

IMG_9943What if it rains?
Forecast for Saturday is 60 and sunny but if we get any rain, we will gather around the fireplace inside and have stories, s’mores and cider there!

Are there bathrooms?
Yes- inside the cabin.

Can I bring my dog?
WOOF! If your dog will not interrupt the show, sure! Dogs must be kept on a leash.

Who will be telling stories?
Featured performers are Amy Sumpter, Jen Ellison, Kevin Gladish, Patrick Brennen, Gina Watters and Kendra Stevens. Read more about them here.

What should I do right now?
Get tickets for this not-to-be-missed event!

See you Saturday!

Connect with us on Facebook to stay current on Story Sessions activities. The campfire show will be hosted by us, the co-producers, Jill Howe & Rachael Smith.

October 25: Campfire Show!

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Story Sessions welcomes fall with one of our favorite traditions- stories around a real campfire at The Little House of Glencoe. Listen to the crackling of the wood and warm your face while six featured performers bring you stories on our theme, “Petrified”.

Our pre-show includes a potluck and live music. Dress warmly and bring your favorite snacks. We’ll provide hot chocolate and s’mores. The campfire is an intimate gathering- space is limited! Get your tickets early for a spooktacular Saturday night!

Saturday, September 14, 7-9pm
The Little House of Glencoe (690 Birch Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022)
6:30: Pre-show potluck
7:00: Stories begin
Tickets are $15 at Brown Paper Tickets or at the event, if still available.
Connect with us on Facebook to stay current on Story Sessions activities.

Featured performers:
Amy Sumpter, Jen Ellison, Kevin Gladish, Patrick Brennen, Gina Watters and Kendra Stevens

Read more about our performers here.
Hosted by co-producers Rachael Smith and Jill Howe.

“The Reckoning” Illustrated

“The Reckoning” Illustrated

Our resident artist, Betsy Cypert, now Betsy Frymire, draws the stories live as they happen. These epic creations are such a treasure for us and our performers. Julia Borcherts, “I’m 50 feet in the air walking across a steel beam … Continue reading 

Upcoming show: September 14, “The Reckoning”

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Join Story Sessions on September 14th at City Winery. This month’s show, “The Reckoning” will highlight six stories exploring life’s greatest grapples. Skilled storytellers will reckon their way through the wildest situations and the most heartfelt, hard-won truths. Bring an ear for listening, an appetite for City Winery‚Äôs finest and a heart full of love for the tales told.

Featured storytellers:
David Barish, Julia Borcherts, Pamela Bell, James Sweeney, Dana Norris and Norman Doucet

Hosted by:
Denise Poljacik and Dennis Frymire

Get your tickets here!

September 14, City Winery (1200 W Randolph)
5:30 Doors open
6-7: Live bluegrass by A Side of Bacon
7-9: Stories!

“Day of the Dad”: A recap of our June 15 show

On a perfect summer day, Story Sessions features six performers sharing tales about dads- having dads, being dads and remembering dads. As always, Betsy Cypert draws the stories live as they happen. Musicians Ben Benedict, Andy Miller and Rob Anderlik … Continue reading 

Dads Illustrated

This Father’s Day, six storytellers share dad-inspired tales for our appropriately themed show, “Day of the Dad”. Our resident artist, Betsy Cypert, captures this beautiful evening as she draws the stories live. Shannon Cason explains the rules of a balloon … Continue reading