Listen To Your Mother, this amazing movement that has been “giving motherhood a microphone” since that very first show in Madison, Wisconsin back in 2010, is taking its final bow during the 2017 season (Chicago’s sixth!). All of us who have been involved in producing local shows–as well as our Leadership Team–are so very proud of what we’ve achieved, and we’re ready to celebrate all of it as we bring motherhood stories to our local stages one final time. You can read the official announcement here.

In the coming months you’ll be learning more about how you can get involved. Tracey and I will be accepting written submissions for our 2017 show in the second half of January 2017, and we’ll also be letting you know how to buy tickets to celebrate in person with us at our home venue, the beautiful Athenaeum Theatre in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. As always, a percentage of those ticket proceeds will benefit a local charity, to be finalized soon.

In the meantime, please subscribe to our United States/Canada newsletter and follow us on social media (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!). If you’d like to receive a little nudge in your inbox when we begin accepting Chicago submissions, email us at to get on our mailing list.

We are so excited to have our best season ever…join us, won’t you?

2017 video promo ltym

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They’re here! They’re here!

It always feels like a holiday when the new LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER videos are released for all to enjoy. After the triumph of a fantastic season—and 2016 was indeed fantastic, giving motherhood a microphone in 41 cities, resulting in more than 500 new stories to add to our collection—we all wait on the edge of our seats for the day when we can share the stories with the world. Now YOU can check out the stories from the Chicago show and our 40 sister cities on YouTube, at your leisure!

LTYM Chicago 2016 bow

We recommend that you watch the Chicago show (and any other city) in “playlist order”, which is how the stories were presented live on May 1. Our whole show can be viewed like that HERE, and here are the links to the individual stories:


Don’t stop with Chicago, though. Our extraordinary 2016 season videos feature powerful voices that capture all facets of contemporary parenting (as well as stories about our own upbringing) including very timely personal narratives given the recent events in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Shaker Heights, and Dallas. On the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel we feature a variety of playlists by topic, and for 2016 we’ve added two new playlists–one with stories about race, and another with stories from LGBTQ families.

Once again we’d like to thank our National Media Sponsor BlogHer and the incredible businesses that supported LTYM Chicago on a local level: Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital, Chicago Parent magazine, Anicca Float Club, DL Loft, Naperville Moms Network, Little Beans Cafe, Aquarium Salon, Chicago Elevated, Naperville Art League, Balee Images, and Samantha Schultz and Marisa Vales.

Lastly, many thanks to our cast, audience, families, and friends for your support and love of LTYM. Happy video release week, and enjoy the rest of the summer!

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In the Blink of an Eye…

May 4, 2016

Well, THAT was quick. The fifth annual LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER CHICAGO show is in the rear view mirror now and I honestly don’t know how that happened. I mean, I KNOW how it happened, but whoooooosh! (All photos in this post were taken by our Smiley Dream Girl and Official Photographer, Brandi of Balee Images. She created our headshots and captured all of the lovely moments along the way on our journey to stage. She is adored by all of us.) There are many great things about producing LTYM shows, but the fact that each year is unique (the show AND the behind-the-scenes elements) is one of the best. As Tracey and I have gained experience–lots of it!–creating each of our shows from the ground up, we have gotten good at analyzing what we need to do differently and which areas need improvement via more attention on our part. I already know […]

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Our 5th Annual Conversation Post

April 30, 2016

T. Our baby is 5! M: Pretty soon I’ll be following the school bus to kindergarten! I’d say the same about you but you’d have a pretty short commute because you homeschool. T. I will be following our baby to the kitchen table to glue feathers and work with geometric blocks and stuff. M: Wait, can a show GO to kindergarten? Huh. ANYWAY, this is our fifth season. Best season yet! T. Dude. Don’t let the other seasons hear you saying that! M: Oops, right. But what I MEAN IS, we really know what we’re doing this year, compared to year one. Just like with the kids. All the ones up to now were experimental. AMIRITE? T: Um… suuuuure. (the good parent over here). M; ANYWAY, I’m really really excited about Sunday. I can’t believe it’s here already!!!! T: It DID seem to fly super fast this year, didn’t it? The cast is […]

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Two More Sleeps!

April 29, 2016

Show day is nearly here! Last night, Tracey and I finished our final run-through of the script, stuffed programs, and went over our final to-do list for LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER CHICAGO 2016. This season, our fifth, has flown by for us. It seems unreal that in 48 hours we’ll take the stage at the Athenaeum Theatre, but oh boy, we will! Also a little unreal: we already know that Sunday’s audience is our biggest to date (we’re so excited!). One of the things we loved about the Athenaeum when we first saw it was that, after coming from a venue that was much smaller, we knew we’d have room to grow our audience. That has happened. A HUGE crowd will hear thirteen motherhood stories on Sunday, but we still have room for you. And you. And her. And him. And them. Oh, and them as well. If you HAVE NOT BOUGHT your […]

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