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Earlier this week, Barrel of Monkeys invited writers of all ages to participate in free creative writing workshops in Millennium Park. The actors and educators at Barrel of Monkeys are now bringing the stories to life in a free show at Millennium Park (Cloud Gate). Enjoy the stories from our Millennium Park participates, along with stories written by our students in Chicago Public Schools.

We hope you enjoy the show!

1. A Story Blah Blah Blah

2. The Battle of Ice and Lava Go Bears

3. The Story of My Life

4. The Adventures of Little Butter

5. The Lowest Rate Hotel

6. Attack of the Facial Hair

7. El Jugo y La Hormiga

8. Rappers Airport Beef

9. The Destruction of Chicago

10. I am Lake Michigan
11. The Museum

12. CTA Zebras

13. Monster High

14. The Bubblegum

15. The Wind and the Rain

16. Chicago

17. The Bean

18. The Super Hero Squad

19. My Bugatti

20. Dogs

21. Work Together


By Desirae V., Loyola Park After School Program
Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2005

One day I was playing video games. I went to the moon with my friends. My friends came to my grammother house. My favorite color is pink. I like to eat chicken. Moon dance Oh baby? Oh baby I like to eat McDonalds My favorite thing is the color orange I like to exercise I drink root beer I like to watch T.V.

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!

The Knowheres

By Jannel C., 5th Grade, Harold Washington Elementary
Songs Monkeys Come Alive That's Weird, Grandma

The Knowheres were lived in the middle of knowhere. The Knowhere were a family of 15 teen 5 daughters, 5 sons, 3 grandparents plus the parents. The children were very bad. They screamed and hollard and threw things at each other but then were smart and obediant Elawiese was the first daughter but she always hopes and dreams. So the other kids always laugh at her but did not care. So she decided to go to America and no to surprise she was asked where she live and she said no where. So they bought her a house so she lived happily in America.