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. To learn more go to our website:  or contact Gwen Hilary

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

Fox Valley Storytelling Guild
Meets 4thTuesday of the month at 7:30 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln, Batavia
Contact: Carolyn Thomas-Davidoff,, 708-246-3319

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 Campus 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 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, 10805 E. Main, Huntley, IL.
We welcome both listeners and tellers of all skill levels.
Contact: Carol Waxenberg

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

The Nature Center Storytelling Guild
Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month – 7:30 pm gather, 8:00 stories begin
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago
Contact:  Mark Kater 847 530-6361

Peoria Prairie Storytelling Guild
Meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30
Life Together Center, 3625 N Sheridan Rd, Peoria, IL
Contact: Kay or Bob 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 Storyteller International.  To learn more go to our website:

Riverwind Storytellers
Meets 2nd Mondays, except Aug and Dec when special events occur –  6:00-9:00 pm
Located in the Metro area of Illinois, a few miles east of St. Louis.
Our members participate annually in Tellabration during November and the St. Louis Storytelling Festival in May. Other performances and programs are scheduled throughout the year and the group hires a professional workshop leader for an annual retreat in late February. We welcome participants of all skill levels. Contact Riverwind president Jan Jensen or phone 262-894-6580.Facebook Page: Riverwind Storytellers

“Tell Me a Story” Guild
Meets the last Tuesday of the month, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Café Book, 395 Lake Street, Antioch, IL
Coordinators: Rene Bushelle and Vittoria DuMez
Newcomers are encouraged to join. If you wish to tell a story, contact Rene at or 847-715-6091.  Rene is a seasoned storyteller, with experience in writing public relations, broadcasting and college teaching.  Rene speaks Spanish. Vittoria DuMez is a storyteller, actor and director for 91.1 Players of WGTD and enacts performs historical personalities.

Twin City Tale Spinners
Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month 6:45- 8:45 pm
Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave, Normal, IL
Contact: Mike Lockett at 309-454-2300 or

Storytelling Organizations

Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival –

The National Association of Black Storytellers  –

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Northlands Storytelling Network (annual storytelling conference, end of April in Wisconsin) –

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