The city offers amazing energy if you know the right places to look! StoryStudio Chicago is housed in a rehabbed loft space in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Exposed brick, high ceilings, hardwood floors, color, and words come together to create a uniquely inspiring space.
There is no average student at StoryStudio. Our Chicago students are a diverse bunch and you’re pretty much guaranteed to meet just about every type of writer you can imagine. There are people in their twenties looking to reignite the creative spark they remember from college, workers from the Loop who take the Brown Line El here to get serious about their writing, parents who want to write about family, retired folks who are ready to tell the stories of their lives.
We also have a growing core of writers who have made a strong commitment to their writing and to the profession of writing.
These writers come for a class or stay for several. Many never miss their favorite events, open houses, visiting authors, and parties. And some writers show up just to hang out with other writers.
These are our students and we love them all!
Why take a class at our Chicago location? The reasons are many and as varied as our students. But if you want to re-energize your imagination, or are ready to build a freelance business, start a blog, write your novel, finish your memoir, publish an essay, read at an open-mike, or simply write in your journal, StoryStudio Chicago is here to help.
The loft space has three classrooms, a student lounge, and kitchenette. We use every inch, running two or three creative writing classes a night and special programming on Saturdays.
During the daytime hours, you can find our staff here ready to answer questions or help you register for a class. In the back classroom, there might be a business writing class laughing and having way too much fun while learning how to write better at work.
In the evening the aroma of hot coffee permeates the air, cookies are often on the counter, and the excitement of writers shedding their workdays energizes the studio.
Our Chicago location typically runs evening creative writing classes Mondays through Thursdays from 6:30pm to 9pm. On Saturdays, classes and events are usually scheduled to begin at 10am and run until 12:30pm or later. During write-a-thons, we keep the studio open from 9am to 7pm and lock the doors until you get your writing done. (Just kidding on that last part. Mostly.)
Our Chicago location is at: 4043 N. Ravenswood, Suite #222, Chicago, IL
If you’re taking the CTA: Take the Brown Line to the Irving Park stop. When you get out of the station, walk east under the metra tracks to Ravenswood (where there is a stoplight. BEWARE: there is a Ravenswood on BOTH sides of the tracks. You want to be on the east side). Turn north, or left, onto Ravenswood and we’re just a half a block away.
Or, the Lincoln, Irving Park, Ashland and Montrose buses all stop within blocks of the studio.
If you’re driving: Click here for driving directions, or give us a call and we can help you. But the easiest way to get here is to get yourself to Irving Park Road, then head north on Ravenswood. Make sure you’re on Ravenswood that is on the EAST side of the tracks. Our closest intersecting street is Belle Plaine.
If you take Metra: The Ravenswood stop is just at Lawrence and Ravenswood, about a 15 minute walk to the studio heading south on Ravenswood. (Be sure you walk on the East side of the train tracks.)
You can reach us by phone at (773) 477-7710.
There is plenty of free parking in front of the building in the evenings.
Want to Rent the Studio?
StoryStudio’s Chicago studio is available to rent on a limited basis. Rates are $250 for eight hours or $150 for four hours. Rental includes coffee, tea, water, and wifi. Limited dates are available. Call us at 773.477.7710 for more information and availability.