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.

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May 8: YOUR MOM

May 8: YOUR MOM

Your mom always told you to tell the truth and that’s exactly what six storytellers will do on Sunday, May 8th. Story Sessions features tales that range from the heartfelt to hilarious this Mother’s Day. Bring mom along (or not) … Continue reading 

Super Love Recap

On February 7, we celebrated all shades of love at our third annual love-themed show. Kicking off our brunch was award-winning singer/songwriter, James Neary, delivering another astounding performance. Hosts and coproducers Jill Howe and Rachael Smith began the show with … Continue reading 

Super Love is Coming February 7

Super Love is Coming February 7

All we need is love. Let love rule. Love’s in need of love today. Love is the fuel for everything we do, or at least it is for our third annual “love” show! For our February show, appropriately themed “Super … Continue reading 

Winter Retreat is Coming Your Way!

Winter Retreat is Coming Your Way!

December Writing Retreat: From Scraps to Stories Sunday, December 13 Location: Little House of Glencoe Time: 10am-4pm Get your ticket here! Join us for one last story gathering before the new year! During this thought-provoking retreat, we’ll focus on all … Continue reading 

Collide Illustrated

Collide Illustrated

On Oct 18, six storytellers shared their “collide” themed stories for a bang-up show! Resident artist, Betsy Frymire created stunning visuals with marker and paper as she illustrated the stories live. Here are the drawings from this month’s show! Andrew … Continue reading