The Moth StorySLAM, Essay Fiesta and a cocktail party with 2nd Story in this week’s Live Lit Roundup


The Chicago Moth StorySLAM presents “Cravings” tonight at 5pm at the Haymarket Pub & Brewery (737 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60661). This series is sponsored by WBEZ is NOT a poetry slam and standup routines are forbidden. Participants are given five minutes to tell his/her tale WITHOUT notes. May the best (wo)man win.

// Get tickets // Doors open at 5pm // Show starts at 8pm // 


Essay Fiesta is back at The Book Cellar (4736-38 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625) tonight at 7pm. Join your hosts Karen Shimmin and special guest host, Nathalie Lagerfeld for a night brimming full of incredible essays by the likes of Jeremy OwensErin Diamond and more.

// Free show // Suggested donation to 826CHI // All ages// 



Anthology of Chicago and 1,0001 Chicago Afternoons collaborated to curate a reading series to blow your socks off! Don’t miss MCA Live: Welcome to the Neighborhood, tomorrow night at 6pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60611). Featured readers include Megan StielstraRachel Hyman and Psalm One.

// Free show // All ages // 


Breaking Silence: Chicago Feminist Writers & Artists will take place at Uncharted Books (2620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) tomorrow night at 7pm. This is an important meeting for all “cis, transgender, non-binary, male and female identifying artists and writers to discuss productive ways to fight misogyny, abuse, gender-based violence and victim shaming in our community.” Please respect each other.

// Free and open to the public //


Venture out to the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St, Chicago, Illinois 60608) tomorrow night at 7:30pm for another installment of Story Club South Side! Featured readers include BokeenTanise Robenette and more. There are also open mic slots available for you to share your story if you so choose.

// BYOB // BYOF // Free show // All ages // 


Liz MasonJustin Rosier and Celia Forest are just a few of the writers reading at the Pungent Parlour tomorrow night at the Black Rock Pub (3614 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618) tomorrow night at 8:30pm. Don’t miss it!

// Free show // 21+ // Doors open at 8pm // 



Guts & Glory is back! Join your hosts Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker upstairs at Schubas (3159 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657) Wednesday night at 7pm for a special show featuring Andrew Marikis, Claire Zulkey and Kelsie Huff.

// Free show // 21+ // 


Come out to the Black Rock Pub (3614 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618) for Story Lab Chicago‘s January show! The magic starts at 7:30pm and will feature awesome readings by Karen Genelly, April Hiller, Heather Mangan and more. Don’t miss it!

// Doors open at 6pm // Please arrive early if you’d like to eat as the kitchen closes at 7pm //



Chicago Zine Fest presents Shameless Karaoke Friday night at Beauty Bar Chicago (1444 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622) at 9pm. You can sing songs by Duran Duran, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and more at this awesome event! Come benefit two awesome organizations.

// $5 admission // 21+ // 



It’s time for the 4th Annual Book of the Year Awards! This Saturday at 7pm at The Book Cellar (4736-38 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625). Join the Chicago Writers Association for exclusive readings by the winners, including Samantha IrbyScott Jacobs and Rebecca Makkai.

// Free event // 


The God, Sex & Death Variety Hour has a special show at the Fillet of Solo Festival this Saturday at 10pm at the Heartland Studio Theater (7016 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626). Featured readers include Keith EckerSean White and Mindy Taylor. 

// Get tickets // All ages // 



Cap off your weekend by going to Marty’s Martini Bar (1511 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60640) for a Cocktail Party with 2nd Story from 2pm to 5pm. Bring a friend and enjoy a martini or a Moscow Mule while celebrating the awesome power of storytelling with the board, collective and storytellers of this local Chicago reading series.

// No cover charge // 21+ //