What we're about

This group is to build and connect Chicago (and surrounding area) residents to the ever-growing and robust storytelling and live-lit community and its shows.
The main purpose of this group is to have a place where one can log in and see the different shows and open mics happening ALL OVER CHICAGO.
We want to encourage people to step outside of their neighborhood bubbles and go and explore storytelling in communities and at events all over the city.
Not all storytelling shows take place in bars and cafes. You have fundraising shows, shows at theaters, shows at art galleries and shows in people's backyards and houses.
Storytelling belongs to everyone and we want to encourage everyone to go out and experience it however and whenever they can.

We welcome anyone who:
is interested in attending a show.
produces a show.
wants to perform or read at a show.

We want to connect people, have fun, and grow a supportive community.

If you have questions about a show, want a show featured on the calendar, please do not hesitate to ask.

Lily Be is not the host of all these shows, she is just the person who started the group. We do our best to copy and paste show information from website and event pages to reflect who is hosting which shows.

We encourage members who want to meet up at shows to start group discussions about doing so. If any of us plan on attending we will message those that RSVP to make sure we introduce ourselves at the event.


Upcoming events (5)

Miss Spoken

Gallery Cabaret

Girls Talk. A lady-centric live lit performance on the last Wednesday of the month at Gallery Cabaret.

Stories from the Beat Lounge

230 W North Ave


One first-time storyteller One graduate from the Storytelling program Two professional performers. But we never tell who is who!



Join us Tuesday, October 1, for OUTspoken LGBTQ Stories, our monthly storytelling event celebrating uniquely personal stories from across the LGBTQ community. OUTspoken is held on the first Tuesday of each month at Sidetrack. Doors to Main, Cherry and Back Bars open at 6pm (arrive early for Main Bar seating) with Stories from 7pm. Sidetrack is open from 3pm-2am Tuesdays. No cover. 21+ OUTspoken! has met with rave reviews: “The room was abuzz after. People introduced themselves to the storytellers, hugged them, and thanked the emcees... It was truly great to be a part of it, even just as an audience member.” -Parker Stockman Chicago Literati "Such a fun and generous crowd, a wonderful place to tune in and be human together. What GREAT stories!" -Elon Cameron "The best story telling event in Chicago! I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone." -Sanna Adlem Grab a beverage from the bar and join us for a night of storytelling. Stay after OUTspoken! and enjoy TRL TUESDAY where we will spin everything you love from the 90's, 00's and today!

Is This a Thing - Merry Go Round

O'Shaughnessy's Public House

Online edition! Rocking a new theme in June. Storytelling at its finest. To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckdOiuqjkpHNX2_MeMX04o3GI8jx1fJEpM

Past events (201)

Grown Folks Stories

Green Line Performing Arts Center

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