Every other month or so The Moth lands in Chicago.
The Moth is an open-microphone storytelling event featuring laypeople (and occasionally performers) recounting their experiences without the benefit of notes.
The storytellers share their personal and often comical tales centered on a common theme that varies from show to show while the audience drinks, eats and collectively roots for them.
Informal groups of judges, selected from among the attendees, rate the storytellers to determine a winner for the evening but the atmosphere feels more communal than competitive.
The Moth events in Chicago are typically held at Haymarket Pub & Brewery or Martyrs.