Barrel of Monkeys Celebrating the power of children's imaginations since 1997

Events and Announcements

We Are Making Some Changes

Starting October 13th we will be making some changes to our website.

To hear more about these exciting changes, join us for the opening night reception of That’s Weird, Grandma: Goes Trick or Treating; this Sunday at 3 pm.

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Share Our Story Opening Night Event

What is Barrel of Monkeys?

A Barrel of Monkeys teacher with child authors in a classroom

Barrel of Monkeys teaches creative writing workshops to students aged 7-13 in Chicago Public Schools and in our after-school program at Loyola Park.

Barrel of Monkeys actors in a public performance

Barrel of Monkeys actors and musicians adapt student-written stories into sketches and songs, which are performed for the schools and later for the public.

Smiling kids in the audience at Celebration of Authors

The students are celebrated and their voices are championed throughout Chicago.

Learn more about Barrel of Monkeys