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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July 25: Summer Retreat

July 25: Summer Retreat

Storytelling Summer Retreat: A day of writing, meditation and storytelling Saturday, July 25, 9:30am-4:30pm Little House of Glencoe (690 Birch Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022) Join us to write with prompts, discuss our work, share stories and try some cool new … Continue reading 

“Threads”: A Recap of our May Show

The May 30 show, themed “Threads”, explored how what we wear can transform us. Six performers took the stage to share their most intimate clothing challenges and triumphs. Singer/songwriter Nicholas Barron and his swoon-worthy voice ushered in our brunch audience … Continue reading 

“Threads” Illustrated

Resident artist, Betsy Frymire, illustrates the stories live at each show. Here’s her original collection of fashion forward artwork created at the Saturday, May 30 show. Matt Ulrich goes to great lengths to join the cool club. Denise Santomauro finds … Continue reading 

“All In” Illustrated

“All In” Illustrated

April 29 marked our 2nd anniversary and the perfect time for stories themed, “All In.” And Betsy Frymire, our resident artist, captured the magic of each of these epic tales. Sarah Bunger, “Like any normal person, all I wanted was … Continue reading 

April 29 Show: “All in”

On April 29th, we celebrated our 2nd anniversary with six performers sharing tales on our theme, “All in.” Musical guests, Pat Otto, Mike Church and Rob Anderlik kicked off the show with an hour of bluegrass. We welcomed first-time hosts, … Continue reading 

“Oh Brother”: A Recap of our March Show

“Oh Brother”: A Recap of our March Show

Our March show was devoted to stories about siblings, hosted by husband/wife duo Greg Poljacik and Denise Santomauro. Musical guests, River Rising, opened up the show with their original folk sounds. Betsy Frymire, resident artist, drew each story live. Patrick … Continue reading