Curated or open mic; expository or scripted; theme-based or free-for-all — a live lit show in Chicago is a sure bet for your brain, soul, and (usually) your desire for a beer. Here’s a roundup of live lit shows happening as of now. Did we miss your favorite? Is there a new show in town we’re not cool enough to know about, yet? Email us.
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Themed storytelling show and potluck.
“Hybrid performance event combining storytelling, wine, and music since 2002.” There are classes and coaching, too.
Stand-ups and “regular people” tell true drinking stories. Comedy-focused.
Storytelling open mic series with multiple locations across Chicagoland.
First-person, non-fiction essays; proceeds donated to charity.
Writers read original (short) fiction and musicians perform original music and creative covers all based on a theme.
Humor-focused curated reading series.
Monthly open mic (five-minute limit) storytelling series.
Storytelling show. Five featured performers, five slots
Reading series organized by Curbside Splendor Publishing.
“Lady live lit.” Two host + four curated “non-dude” pieces each a month.
Lottery-drawn competition. Extemporaneous storytelling. National profile show with podcast and workshop offerings.
Weekly curated “live magazine.”
Fiction, poetry, and essays.
Non-competitive live lit for “all stripes.” Featured guest. Free, BYOB.
The First Time
Curated storytelling. Always free, since 2009.
Storytellers and comedians perform about their experiences being a slut.
Six featured storytellers.
Featured readers with three open mic slots (eight minutes each).
Six storytellers get 10 scripted minutes. Themed and curated.
“Community and survival storytelling.” Featured readers on a theme; five open mic slots.
“Intergenre reading series.”
“Two writers. Two opposing ideas. Literature as bloodsport.” Since 2012.
Stories on a theme read by curated lineup. Since 2012.
*All info is subject to change because, life.