Monday July 28th, 2014
8:00pm // Come out to ComedySportz (929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657) for the third installment of Impress These Apes. This episode features veteran apes being paired with new contestants for a unique and unpredictable challenge. Don’t miss another night of side-splitting comedy! Get tickets.
Tuesday July 29th, 2014
6:00pm // The Moth proudly presents Chicago StorySLAM: “Altered” at Martyrs’ (3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613). Hosted by WBEZ and Vocalo, Chicago StorySLAM asks you to tell an engaging and true story in exactly five minutes without notes, cheat sheets or paper. You can also volunteer to be a judge in the competition, or you can just sit back and listen, whatever you choose this is a don’t miss event. Tickets are $16/$18 at the door/21+ venue.
6:00pm // Curated by the amazing Deb Lewis and featuring storytellers Khanisha Foster, Megan Stielstra and Bobby Biedrzycki, 2nd Story presents “Burning Up: Stories from the Heat of the Moment” at City Winery Chicago (1200 W Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois 60607). Enjoy a delicious flight of wine with a friend while listening to incredible stories about spontaneity presented by some of the country’s greatest storytellers. Get tickets.
6:30pm // Venture out to City Lit Books (2523 N. Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60647) for a special reading by Leesa Cross-Smith. Smith will be reading from her new short story collection, Every Kiss a War and will be accompanied by readings from Megan Stielstra, Ben Tanzer, James Yates and more. Don’t miss it! Free event.
Wednesday July 30th, 2014
7:00pm // If you haven’t checked out Carly Oishi and Rosamund Lannin’s awesome new feminist reading series, Miss Spoken, you are missing out. Wednesday’s installment of Miss Spoken will be at The Gallery Cabaret (2020 N Oakley Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) and is themed “Periods”. Featured readers include Wendy McClure, Charlotte Hamilton and more. Free event.
Thursday July 31st, 2014
7:00pm // Join Lily Be and Clarence at Rosa’s Lounge (3420 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) for another episode of Stoop Style Stories. This episode is called “The Shit” and features readings by Bill Drew, Darren Bodeker, Paul Whitehouse and Daniel Ramirez. It’s sure to be a good time. Free event.
Friday August 1st, 2014
7:00pm // Enigmatic reading series Absinthe & Zygote is back at Royal Coffee (6764 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60626) featuring Nick Demske, Jennifer Steele and Keith Wilson in Absinthe & Zygote #17: “Juvenalia / Marginalia / Paraphernalia”. If you’re looking for a cool way to ring in August, this is it. Free event.
Saturday August 2nd, 2014
7:30pm // You’re Being Ridiculous presents “Fear” at Mary’s Attic/Hamburger Mary’s (5400 N Clark St., Chicago, Illinois 60640). Jeremy Owens hosts while local literary luminaries like Keith Ecker, Dana Norris and Brenna Kearney read incredibly candid stories sure to tickle your funny bone. You’re Being Ridiculous also has shows on August 9th and 16th. Get tickets.
Sunday August 3rd, 2014
8:00pm // Join Janna Sobel for another edition of Here, Chicago at Theater Wit (1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657). Theatrical storytelling and delicious potluck food come together for a unique and warm evening of fun. Sunday’s show will feature incredible readings by Keith Ecker, Lily Be and more. Bring your favorite potato salad recipe or just come for some stories. Reserve tickets. *This event is free if you bring a dish to pass.