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 Matthew, Lucas, Ella, and Brooke, Everett Elementary School
Once there was a brother named Andrew and a sister named Taylor. They did not get along. They moved to a new house and they didn’t know it was a haunted mansion. They’re exploring their new house when Taylor sees the drawer open by itself. “Stop trying to prank me.” Taylor says. Andrew says “I’m not! I thought you were trying to prank me by moving this lamp.” Later that night Taylor and Andrew sneak out to explore the basement of the mansion while their parents were asleep. They found old photos of the people who used to live there. They were scared. Then they found two kids named James and Zach. They were the kids that used to live in the house and didn’t want to move out. They explain that they were the ones haunting them. James and Zach showed them everything. They decided to all live together. The End.
By De’marea, 6th Grade, Dewey School of Excellence
I love ninajs and my lil brother loves them to and so for halloween we was ninjas my ninja cousin was all black so they can’t see so when we pop out there and we will knock on the door then move to the side and they get the door then we pop out and they get scared. We move very quiet then we scare people and jump all the time. And they will run away or try to hit us we was at rockwell and 66th and we saw are friends but my dad didn’t let that happen. So he said we can not scared people no more. The End.
By London B, Millennium Park Summer Residency
There was a girl named Bubblegum. Bubblegum loved to eat bubblegum. One Night Bubblegum didn’t want to brush her teeth but her parents smelled her breath every night. So she had an idea to eat some peppermint flavored bubblegum bc it was the same flavor as her toothpaste. So she at some bubblegum and she went to sleep forgetting to spit it out. So she went to sleep and Bubblegum got everywhere on her bed and worst of all her HAIR. So she woke up and felt the gum inside of her hair and the said “I can’t let me parents find out.” So she put on a bonnet and went downstairs and got some scissors went back to her room and cut the gum out. But her hair was then uneven so she decided to cover it up with a bow and her parents never found out. The End.
By Maya R, Millennium Park Summer Residency
Once upon a time there was a dog named Bentley. He was brown and white. He was taking a nap. He was laying down, all curled up on a blanket. Bentley had a bad dream. In his dream he was lost in a forest and he saw a giant animal; It was a lion! In the dream he ran away as fast as he could. He was a fast runner and would always beat his owners in races. In his dream, he got out of the forest and then he woke up! When he woke up he freaked out. Then he got tired again and went back to bed. The End.
By Katelyn, Millennium Park Summer Residency
Once upon a time there was a boy named Liam Noah. Noah’s life was great. His skin was as smooth as a baby’s bottom. One night Noah got into an argument with his mother about his hygiene. He told his mother that he can’t wait to grow up. As soon as his head hit the pillow he fell into a deep slumber. At 7 am on the dot he woke up for school as usual. Once he woke up he went to the bathroom to when he noticed his face was heavy. When he looked into the mirror with facial hair as long as a giraffe’s neck. Life went on and he never moved out of his mother’s basement and forever lived alone, with his mother. No one wanted him because of his long facial hair and he died alone. The End :)
By Aiden, Millennium Park Summer Residency
Once upon a time there was a boy named John. He was a regular boy until one day he found something crazy- a diamond! But not a regular diamond, it was green. Then, he just went back to his house and fell asleep. The next morning, he tried to get a drink but then it moved and he tried to get the cup but it fell. Then, he had to mop it up but the whole mop froze into pieces. So, since he found out that people have these abilities at Chicago he moved to Chicago. So that he found somebody. They had the power to take any power they wanted. So, they were friends now but wait for chapter 2.
Chapter 2: The Mystery Superpowers
So we all know John, but who is this other guy? His name is Peter, and you already know his powers. They formed a squad their name was… The Awesomesauce Squad. Until that day, they fight crime.
Sold wherever books are sold.The End.
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.