After you’ve sampled the seven-course meal that is The Windy City Wine Festival, you might want to save some room on your palate to check out this weekend’s installment of 2nd Story, happening on the evenings of September 12 and 13 at Webster’s Wine Bar. Serendipity Theatre Collective’s popular storytelling and wine tasting event has been enchanting connoisseurs of both fine wine and fine art for several years now. If you haven’t checked it out, you owe yourself the experience.
Although the evening is undoubtedly theatrical, 2nd Story isn’t the sort of event where you buy a ticket and then sit watching a blank stage, waiting for the show to start. Each evening is dedicated to the sense of honesty that can be found in a pleasant night out with your friends in a relaxed environment. You’ll slowly imbibe a quality wine, snack on cheese or other small items, and engage in the art of conversation. A few times in the middle of your evening, however, the lights will dim, and somewhere else in the room, a talented performer will share a true story about themselves, enhanced by expert light and sound design. When the story is over, perhaps what you just heard will inspire you to share something of your own with your table.
This weekend you’ll be regaled with stories from such performers as 2nd Story mainstay Megan Stielstra, among others. You’ll also get a chance to sample wines from Maysara, Seven Hills, and J. Bookwalter. If you have to miss this weekend, though, don’t worry—2nd Story happens a couple of times a month at various locales, and changes all the time. For a sample of the sorts of stories you might hear told, check out some of these 2nd Story videos and podcasts.