Monday June 16th, 2014
7:00pm // Come celebrate Hungover Dad Day with Essay Fiesta at The Book Cellar (4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625) featuring readings by Samantha Irby, Randy Richardson, Claire Zulkey and more! Your hosts for the evening are Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast, and there will be cupcakes. Free show.
Tuesday June 17th, 2014
7:00pm // Rumor has it that all Ian Belknap wanted for Father’s Day was for you to show up at WRITE CLUB Chicago — Chapter 61: Violence, As It Turns Out, IS the Answer at the Hideout Inn (1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60642). Tuesday’s lineup includes a smack-down between Stephen Walker and Sondra Morin, you have to see it! $10 at the door/ATM on the premises.
7:30pm // If you’ve never heard or read the work of the great Kathie Bergquist, your life is sorely lacking. This is why we’re encouraging you all to visit Homolatte at Tweet Let’s Eat (5020 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60613) on Tuesday night to hear her read from her treasure trove of work. So cozy up, maybe order a coffee, and dig in to a night of fantastic stories. Free event.
8:00pm // Come out to the Black Rock Pub & Kitchen (3614 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618) for another installment of The Pungent Parlour hosted by Jeff Philips and Jeremy Solomon. The featured lineup for Tuesday night’s show includes Anne Purky, Anita Mechler and Dustin Monk. Free show.
Wednesday June 18th, 2014
7:00pm // Vocalo Presents: Music & Stories… WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Visit Vocalo’s headquarters (848 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611) for a night of storytelling and music, including special performances by Katie Prout and Shantell Jamison followed by an open mic and music. Your emcee for the evening is Luis Perez. Don’t miss this fun night! Free event. All ages.
Also happening at 7:00pm… is another edition of Guts & Glory hosted by Keith Ecker and Samantha Irby upstairs at Schubas (3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657). Or, you can go down to The Gallery Cabaret (2020 N Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) for Miss Spoken, Carly Oishi and Rosamund Lannin‘s new reading series.
Thursday June 19th, 2014
8:00pm // Cara Brigandi wants you to tell your story at Grown Folks Stories at The Silver Room (1442 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622). This open mic series is raw, honest and intimate and totally worth going to. Free show.
Friday June 20th, 2014
7:00pm // Chicago’s wild-card reading series, Absinthe & Zygote is setting up shop at Loyola Park (1230 W Greenleaf Ave, Chicago, IL 60626) for a special summer installment of their show. Friday’s lineup includes Natalie Eilbert, Russell Jaffe and Nat Surin. Roll in the grass and listen to some invigorating stories with the gang. Free show.
Also happening at 7:00pm is Cafe Cabaret at Cafe Ballou (939 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622) hosted by the indomitable Roberta Miles. Free show.
8:00pm // If you’re jonesing for some BBQ, come out to Folk You! at The Horseshoe (4115 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618) hosted by Larry O. Dean. This month’s guests include Adele Nicholas, Thomas Pace and Dann Morr. Read our review of the series here, and don’t miss it! Free show.