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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“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

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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 

Next show: June 15 “Day of the Dad”

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This month’s Story Sessions falls on Fathers Day, so we’ll be bringing you the best and brightest storytellers and comedians from all over Chicago to tell their true, personal stories inspired by our theme, Day of the Dad. Just like family time, expect unexpected humor, truth bombs and good eating. A great way to spend Father’s Day, with or without Pops. Dad would want you to get there early and take in some live bluegrass tunes as well.
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5:30 pm: Doors open
6-7 pm: Live bluegrass music
7-9 pm: True stories, inspired by the theme “Day of the Dad”

Hosted by Deanna Moffitt
Produced by Rachael Smith & Jill Howe