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!
By Ethan C, Millennium Park Summer Residency
It was a friendly day in Chicago when clouds started forming. Then suddenly, the CBR tower was hit with a gamma-ray missile and fell right into Trump tower. Reinforcements were called to fight the alien spaceship that was destroying the city. Then suddenly giant fire aliens started burning down structures. Then, missiles were fired from an unknown location. It was the reinforcements with a giant robot! Then POW! The robot slammed the fire giant to the ground but the monster appeared from Lake Michigan. The monster shot a laserbeam from its mouth. With very few options left, the robot grabbed the Willis Tower, which showed a sword underneath, and jumped and SWISH stabbed the sword right through its’ skull and sealed its doom. And Chicago was saved! The End.
By Tess, Millennium Park Summer Residency
One day little Butter ran through the city and found himself in front of The Bean (aka Cloudgate). He was just a kitten. Little Butter explored all of the ground near The Bean. Then, he explored the rest of Millennium Park. Then, he came across a bridge and ended up in the modern wing of The Art Institute of Chicago. Then he went down to the bottom level where the throne rooms were, which are the little doll houses. Then, he makes his home in the doll houses he likes best! Then, he explores the rest of the museum. Then, he gradually grew into Butter the cat. Butter built passage ways from room to room so he didn’t have to break glass in every throne room he stayed in. The End.
By Vincent H, Millennium Park Summer Residency
When I think of Chicago I think of my home.
It taught me a lot that’s in my dome.
I thank God for making me one of his creatures
Now when I grow up I was thinking of being a preacher
Everyday someone gets shot that’s to prove life isn’t fair.
So now everybody needs to help and care.
By Melody H, Millennium Park Summer Residency
I like Chicago, and I like to go to the museum and one day all of the things in the museum came alive. I seen a little boy that is an alien and me and my family ran out of the museum with the boy to save him from the government. And at night, we got him to his family safe. The End.
By Soleil (so-lay), Millennium Park Summer Residency
It was my first day in Chicago, lets just say it didn’t go as planned. We were here for a family reunion but that didn’t happen. Instead of going to dinner and coming home we went to dinner and never left. Lets start from the beginning. The whole family met for dinner and two vampire looking waiters took us to a tinted dining room. At first I didn’t think anything of it, but when we couldn’t leave thats when I started to freak out. The only one able to escape was my sister, she pushed over the waiters and ran. So we all just hope she is ok and finding way to help us. Till then I write stories and hope she hears them. The End.
By Gissel G, Little Village Academy
One there was a young girl that decided to go to the forest. She was looking for a taxi. She got a map to go to the forest and go on a bus. When she got their she lost her map and she didn’t know her way out of the forest. She spent her whole life there until she was 90 and she always wrote every day to remember and she meets some of the forest and they talk to each other and help each other get out of the forest like sisters. Sometimes you have to work together. End of my story.
By Taj R, 5th Grade, Dixon Elementary School
You float like feathers
Even in the windy weather
When it swishes you
Wish that the wind
Would stop but now
All you hear are
Thump thump on the
Roof they go. Flowing
Down the gutters extremely
Slow. When the wintertime
Comes you see ice and snow.
By Rosaura D, 4th Grade, Columbia Explorer's Academy
Once there was an evil man. He was the evilest man on the entire planet. He treated everyone like garbage and was never nice. Not even to his own mother! He really enjoyed giant beans. He ate them day and night and sometimes turned them into evil minions. One day when he was turning beans into evil minions he accidentally used the wrong spell on one of the beans and turned it nice! Oh how he hated that giant nice bean. Then, once when he couldn’t stand that bean anymore and he fired him. The bean cried and cried at Millenium park. Then a man named Goerge came and saw that sad, sad bean. He also loved beans so he felt sad. He said to the bean “I’ll re-paint you so that evil man will never find you!” And so he did. He re-painted him like a mirror. The bean was really happy and became friends with Goerge. They had good times. One of their best times was when they rode the ferris wheel at Navy Pier. But there comed the time for the bean to return to Millenium Park. The poor bean asked Goerge to freeze him. George refused but the bean begged him. Goerge agreed but said. “I’ll visit you everyday with my other friends.” The bean smiled and said “I’d like that.” So Goerge froze the bean and visited him everyday with friends. And now 1,000 years later Goerge still visits his oh so dear friend, The Bean.
By Jacuqeline, Thomas, Harper, and Justin, 4th Grade, Cherokee Elementary
In the dark ages lived a mean wizard, who lived in a volcano surrounded by sharks. Him Billy Bob Joe. He’s immune to lava, so he lives in the volcano, in a nice house, which is a fortress. There was an Ice wizard, named Frost, who lived in an ice castle surrounded by killer snowmen. They were brothers full of hatred and they hated each other. They get into a battle over football, the ice wizard liked the Bears and the fire wizard likes the Packers. They had a 500 year battle over football. Eventually after 500 years of fighting the ice wizard melts from the lava wizard and the lava wizard freezes and shatters. And they are gone forever. And the Bears win the Super Bowl. THE END.
By Dynasty H, 5th Grade, Sherman School of Excellence
Setting: Chicago Airport
Characters: Kanye West, Jay-Z
Jay-Z: Man Kanye whats yo problem? (Concerned)
Kanye: Look Bro I’m just doing me (cocky, arrogant)
Jay-Z: you need to chill out you doing (snaping) too much that’s why my wife don’t want me hanging with you anymore
Kanye: Dude I’m the GOAT (LOUD) Greatest of All Time… you NEED to hang out with me!!
Jay-Z: Naw I can’t do that I’m about to catch this jet. You Riding that Delta plane? (sarcastic)
Kanye: Aww so you got jokes bro. That’s how you feel? (hurt)
Jay-Z: peace bro
Kanye: check 100