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.
Episode 214: June Thiele - When Animals Used To Talk
In this week's story, teller June Thiele reflects on the ways in which both Christianity and Native Spirituality have held sway over them throughout their life.
Episode 213: Sarah Zematis - Catching
In this week's story, we celebrate Galentine's Day weekend with teller Sarah Zematis, as she shares how the simple act of fishing has held special significance throughout her life.
Episode 212: Lawrence Kerns - Building A Solid Foundation
In this week's story, teller Lawrence Kerns shares the beginning of a unique home construction project and the lessons learned in letting things not go to plan.
Episode 211: Kimberlee Soo - The Deal
In this week's story, teller Kimberlee Soo recalls a childhood moment of fear, near-triumph, and the vast gap of experience between a parent and a child.
Episode 210: Jasmin Cardenas - Feliz New Year
In this week's story, we ring in the New Year with teller Jasmin Cardenas as she reminisces about one very memorable December 31st of her youth.
Episode 209: Ric Walker - Last Christmas
Merry Christmas! In this story, join teller Ric Walker as he waxes poetic about the many joys of Christmases past.
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2nd Story is DOPE
The 2nd Story podcast is a delight. Each story is a joy to listen to. I love the passion and excitement each reader brings to their individual stories. Also the host, Max, seems like a real cool dude. Good stuff.