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 bi-lingual 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

2nd Story graciously thanks its 20th Anniversary donors:

Athene Carras*
Mary Morten
James Lupo*
Liesl Pereira* & Ashley Olson
Lauren Sivak & Erin Barlow
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