Guilds & Organizations


Illinois Storytelling Guilds


ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers
ASE members meet every second Sunday at Christ the Mediator Church, 31st and Calumet, Chicago from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. We share stories, plan events, and discuss the business of storytelling. Come out and join us on our storytelling months of April, August and December (stories start at 4:00 pm). The December meeting may be at a different location. Contact Gwen Hilary at


Chicago Storytelling Guild
meets 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm
at the Oriental Institute, 1158 E. 58th Street, Chicago.
Contact: Judith Heineman 773-288-7217 or


Chicagoland Puppetry Guild


Fox Valley Storytelling Guild
meets 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln, Batavia
Contact: Sue Black, 630-983-1329 or


Legacy Storytelling Circle
meets 2nd Friday of the month at 9:00am to 12 noon
all are welcome - OK to come and go to fit your schedule
College of Lake County's Southlake Education Center, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(stop in the admin office for current room assignment if no sign posted)
Contact: Wes Bucey 224-558-8039,, or Jim Decker 847-367-0182


McHenry County Storytelling Guild
Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at McHenry County College, Room C105

8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake

We welcome both listeners and tellers of all skill levels.

For a map and directions see:

For more information visit our Facebook page:

Contact Andy Talley at or call 815-482-0257


Memory Makers Elders Storytelling Club/Circle
meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9am
Nippersink Public Library, 5418 Hill Rd., Spring Grove
Contact: Joy Aavang, 815-338-1734


Northshore Nature Center Storytelling Guild
meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7pm
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago
Contact: Suzie Garfield 847-830-9284


Peoria Prairie Storytelling Guild
meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm
Peoria Public Library Main Branch, 107 N.E. Monroe St., Peoria
Contact: Kay Price 309-243-7194 or visit


Prairie Wind Guild - Tellers of Sacred Stories

Prairie Wind Guild is a group of folks in the Chicago-Northern Illinois-Lake Michigan area who are passionate about learning by heart and telling sacred stories. Prairie Wind Guild is affiliated with the Network of Biblical Storytellers International. We’re planning six meetings in the coming year, in two different formats. There will be three “Events” with teaching, enrichment workshops and an Epic Telling, and three “Sharing Workshops” where participants can practice stories they are working on, and can coach one another.


Riverwind Storytellers Company
meets the second Wednesday of the month (except in August and December) 6:00 p.m. at Ponderosa, 5 Eastport Drive,
Collinsville, IL. We welcome both listeners and tellers.  Lynne Beetner, President, may be contacted at


Speakers and Storytellers Guild
meets on the 1st Saturday of each month at 8:30 AM at Panera Bread, 1191 East Ogden, Naperville, IL 60563.
Please contact Old Bill at 630-248-4099 or at All speakers and storytellers are welcome.


"Tell Me a Story" Guild

meets the last Friday of each month at 1:00 pm at Café Book, 395 Lake Street, Antioch, IL

Rene Bushelle and Sara Stephens have organized the guild, and newcomers are encouraged to join. If you wish to tell a story, contact Rene at or 847-715-6091. Rene and Sara are seasoned storytellers, with experience in writing, public relations, broadcasting, and college teaching. Rene has traveled extensively, having lived in 5 different countries, and traveled to 22 additional countries. Rene speaks Spanish. In addition to storytelling, Sara offers enactments of famous authors.


Twin City Tale Spinners
meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:45pm
Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave., Normal
Contact: Mike Lockett at 309-454-2300 or


Windy City Storytelling Guild
meets last Friday of the month
6550 Ebinger Drive in Niles
Contact person: Debi Gajewski at 847-647-0183



Storytelling Organizations


Northlands Storytelling Network (annual storytelling conference in Wisconsin)

National Storytelling Network 800-525-4514

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National Storytelling Festival

Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival