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2nd Story is dedicated to creating and crafting story-sharing experiences that foster meaningful connections between individuals and communities. We believe that well-crafted, well-told stories can be a catalyst for change for artist and audience alike.We believe that stories are what bind us to each other.We want to live in a world driven by empathy.We host events in and around Chicago that elevate the storyteller’s words to deliver a unique, live, literary/theatrical experience unlike any other in the city. From small bars in Rogers Park and North Center, to big venues in Lakeview and the West Loop, to restaurants in Lincoln Park and Evanston, we produce over 30 events every season and facilitates over 145 artistic collaborations. We craft story-sharing experiences in the form of both performances and workshops and classes. A typical show or event consists of several stories dispersed throughout the evening like courses of a meal. The stories range from the earnest and serious to the light-hearted and humorous, and can simultaneously provoke and entertain.Our venues are as varied as our stories, and run the gamut from intimate wine bars and pubs to spacious performance halls, conference rooms, and open-office environments. Our storytellers are equally diverse, and come from all walks of life: a pastor, a bartender, a child psychiatrist, and a lawyer…their individual stories help to bridge the gap between the personal and the universal, and break down the walls between and unite artists and audiences in and among different communities.

Latest Episodes

Episode 186: Martinique Hallerduff - The Abandoned Bus We Call Dou Dou

EIn this week's story, teller Martinique Hallerduff recalls the ups and downs of young love and what it means to find someone who you truly get and gets you in return. Happy Valentine's Day!

14 MIN6 d ago
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Episode 186: Martinique Hallerduff - The Abandoned Bus We Call Dou Dou

Episode 185: Abra Millman - Getting On With It

EWhen life gives you lemons, it can be difficult to make lemonade. In this week's story, teller Abra Millman shows us how she learned to keep pushing through the sour moments to find the sweet ones on the other side.

13 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 185: Abra Millman - Getting On With It

Episode 184: Aaron Talley - The Teacher Toolkit

EIn this week's story, teller Aaron Talley joins us to celebrate the New Year and the end of Winter Break with a tale of the trials and tribulations of teaching.

18 MINJAN 11
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Episode 184: Aaron Talley - The Teacher Toolkit

Episode 183: S. Ferdowsi - Cherry Seeds

EIn this week's story, teller S. Ferdowsi recounts how a desire to connect with her family is interrupted, once by politics, and once by indigestion.

15 MIN2019 DEC 25
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Episode 183: S. Ferdowsi - Cherry Seeds

Episode 182: Scott - Dad

EIn this week's story, Scott shares his transformation from son to father and how his own father influenced him. Producer's Note: This week's teller has asked for privacy; we ask you to please respect his anonymity.

15 MIN2019 DEC 14
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Episode 182: Scott - Dad

Episode 181: Earliana McLaurin - The Business

EIn this week’s story, teller Earliana McLaurin recounts what led up to, and followed, a moment of devastating inaction. (Content Warning: This story contains themes of sexual assault.)

13 MIN2019 OCT 26
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Episode 181: Earliana McLaurin - The Business

Episode 179: Laura Stempel - Secondary Witness

EIn this week's story, just a few days ahead of Rosh Hashanah, teller Laura Stempel explores her relationship to Judaism's collective memory and how she chooses to present her place in it. (Shana Tova to all celebrating!)

12 MIN2019 OCT 12
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Episode 179: Laura Stempel - Secondary Witness

Episode 180: Lott Hill - How We Survive

EIn this week's story, teller Lott Hill explores how, in the wake of natural disasters, you discover your true priorities.

17 MIN2019 OCT 12
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Episode 180: Lott Hill - How We Survive

Episode 178: PJ Gray - The Mother And Cheese Reunion

EIn this story, teller PJ Gray delves into the deep, personal history behind his strict anti-American Cheese diet.

12 MIN2019 AUG 10
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Episode 178: PJ Gray - The Mother And Cheese Reunion

Episode 177: Nestor Gomez - Families Belong Together

EIn this story, teller Nestor Gomez explores parallels between his own undocumented immigrant journey and today's immigrant community's struggles in the wake of this administration's zero-tolerance policy. If you'd like to hear more from Nestor, check out his website: http://www.nestorgomezstoryteller.com/.

15 MIN2019 JUL 27
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Episode 177: Nestor Gomez - Families Belong Together

Latest Episodes

Episode 186: Martinique Hallerduff - The Abandoned Bus We Call Dou Dou

EIn this week's story, teller Martinique Hallerduff recalls the ups and downs of young love and what it means to find someone who you truly get and gets you in return. Happy Valentine's Day!

14 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Episode 186: Martinique Hallerduff - The Abandoned Bus We Call Dou Dou

Episode 185: Abra Millman - Getting On With It

EWhen life gives you lemons, it can be difficult to make lemonade. In this week's story, teller Abra Millman shows us how she learned to keep pushing through the sour moments to find the sweet ones on the other side.

13 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Episode 185: Abra Millman - Getting On With It

Episode 184: Aaron Talley - The Teacher Toolkit

EIn this week's story, teller Aaron Talley joins us to celebrate the New Year and the end of Winter Break with a tale of the trials and tribulations of teaching.

18 MINJAN 11
Comments
Episode 184: Aaron Talley - The Teacher Toolkit

Episode 183: S. Ferdowsi - Cherry Seeds

EIn this week's story, teller S. Ferdowsi recounts how a desire to connect with her family is interrupted, once by politics, and once by indigestion.

15 MIN2019 DEC 25
Comments
Episode 183: S. Ferdowsi - Cherry Seeds

Episode 182: Scott - Dad

EIn this week's story, Scott shares his transformation from son to father and how his own father influenced him. Producer's Note: This week's teller has asked for privacy; we ask you to please respect his anonymity.

15 MIN2019 DEC 14
Comments
Episode 182: Scott - Dad

Episode 181: Earliana McLaurin - The Business

EIn this week’s story, teller Earliana McLaurin recounts what led up to, and followed, a moment of devastating inaction. (Content Warning: This story contains themes of sexual assault.)

13 MIN2019 OCT 26
Comments
Episode 181: Earliana McLaurin - The Business

Episode 179: Laura Stempel - Secondary Witness

EIn this week's story, just a few days ahead of Rosh Hashanah, teller Laura Stempel explores her relationship to Judaism's collective memory and how she chooses to present her place in it. (Shana Tova to all celebrating!)

12 MIN2019 OCT 12
Comments
Episode 179: Laura Stempel - Secondary Witness

Episode 180: Lott Hill - How We Survive

EIn this week's story, teller Lott Hill explores how, in the wake of natural disasters, you discover your true priorities.

17 MIN2019 OCT 12
Comments
Episode 180: Lott Hill - How We Survive

Episode 178: PJ Gray - The Mother And Cheese Reunion

EIn this story, teller PJ Gray delves into the deep, personal history behind his strict anti-American Cheese diet.

12 MIN2019 AUG 10
Comments
Episode 178: PJ Gray - The Mother And Cheese Reunion

Episode 177: Nestor Gomez - Families Belong Together

EIn this story, teller Nestor Gomez explores parallels between his own undocumented immigrant journey and today's immigrant community's struggles in the wake of this administration's zero-tolerance policy. If you'd like to hear more from Nestor, check out his website: http://www.nestorgomezstoryteller.com/.

15 MIN2019 JUL 27
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Episode 177: Nestor Gomez - Families Belong Together
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