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Live Storyteller Series Around Town

Get entertained by people talking at you


There’s really nothing better than a well-told story. Some people have the gift of gab and know how to deliver a tale with such finesse that you’re often hanging on the edge of your seat to hear the outcome. Throughout the story, you may laugh, you may cry, but you’ll be fully engaged. Chicago has a fantastic community of live storyteller events and they happen all the time – including here at Chicago Athletic Association hotel! Get ready to get entertained.

Flick Lit, dubbed “reel-to-real storytelling for movie lovers,” takes place the second Wednesday each month at the Logan Theatre. Come out to hear people tell both fiction and nonfiction stories of how real movies inspired their lives.

On the first Tuesday of each month, six storytellers take the stage at Sidetrack in Boystown for OutSpoken to tell stories related to life in the LGBTQ community. Each month is based on a different theme and you get an array of people from all walks of life.

Taking place each Saturday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Green Mill (4802 N. Broadway), the Paper Machete is a “live magazine” hosted by Christopher Piatt. Each week is a different show written from the week’s news headlines with stand-up and sketch comedians, musicians, journalists and more and you really never know who will show up, but you’ll always have a great time. And it’s always free.

While the Interview Show may not technically be a storyteller show, you will be regaled with fantastic tales and gain insight into the lives of some pretty fascinating people. Hosted monthly at the Hideout (1534 W. Wabansia) by Mark Bazer, the show usually features at least four guests who can include a chef, author, politician, actor, screenwriter, athlete, musician and so many more people you really do want to know more about.

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