Make a Difference during 2nd Story's 20th Anniversary Season.

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2nd Story is real stories by real people for real change.

We are inviting our most loyal supporters to join us in celebrating 20 years by pledging multi-year gifts to commemorate our 20th season and support our Three-Year Strategic Plan from beginning to end. Founded in 1999, we are Chicago's longest running storytelling performance organization. We have shared over 650 stories and our work has been seen from Hyde Park to Rogers Park, and everywhere in between. 

And, we are just getting started.

Your Impact

By joining us as a supporter of our Three-Year Strategic Plan, you are taking an active role in the future of 2nd Story. You share our belief that sharing and listening to stories can help us live fuller lives. Like us, you believe that personal stories have the unique power to bind us together and build a more empathetic world. Like us, you believe that stories can change hearts and minds.


Over the next three years will focus our energy on:

Crafting our Legacy

Deepening our Practice

Expanding our Capacity

Our Three-Year Strategic Plan includes initiatives that build upon the essential work we are already doing. For example, we will:

  • Partner with an Albany Park elementary school to create bilingual programming for 90 kindergarten students in three classrooms, and adds a grade each subsequent year.

  • Expand our Point of View programming and continue to share stories from marginalized voices. We will share over 75 world premiere stories.

  • Take our world-class podcast into CPS classrooms across the city by creating dynamic study guides and lesson plans to accompany our socially relevant stories.

This is only a small portion of what we aim to accomplish over the next three seasons.
Want to see the full Three-Year Strategic Plan? Please email our Managing Director Lauren Sivak at


We invite you to support our exciting Three-Year Strategic Plan, from beginning to end, at one of the the levels below.

LEGACY LEADER - $5,000 annually

  • Tickets for you and guest to all Stories & Chefs performances during the next three seasons

  • Recognition on the 2nd Story podcast

  • Everything below.

STORY CHAMPION - $2,500 annually

  • Tickets for you and guest to all After Dark and Big Stage performances during the next three seasons

  • Everything below.

CHANGE MAKER - $1,000 annually

  • Tickets for you and three guest to all Stories at the Pub performances during the next three seasons

  • An invitation to a private cocktail party with 20th Anniversary Season Donors

  • Visible recognition in the 2nd Story Studio in Albany Park

  • Recognition on all marketing materials during the 2018/19 season

  • Exclusive perks and surprises throughout the 2018/19 season, including special podcasts and access to private events


2nd Story graciously thanks its Supporters:

Legacy Leaders:
David Wagener* & Erika Nelson

Change Makers:
Hannah & George Stowe
Malorie Medellin & Matthew Jenetopulos
Lauren Sivak & Erin Barlow
Danielle & Hervé Zille

20th Anniversary Donors:
Peter & Jackie Beale-DelVecchio
The Canning Family
Athene Carras*
Carol Delheimer
Katie & Peter Hauser
The Lupo Family
James Lupo*
Mary Morten
Liesl Pereira* & Ashley Olson
Aimee Perkins
Jessica Wetmore*

* denotes member of the 2nd Story Board of Directors.

You can help us build a bolder, kinder, and brighter world, one great story at a time.  

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For more information, or to pledge your support, please email our Managing Director Lauren Sivak at