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The Second City Mainstage

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Even if you know nothing about improv, chances are you've heard of Second City. This is the place that put both sketch and improvised comedy on the map while launching the careers of many

  1. 1616 N Wells St, (at North Ave)
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iO Cabaret

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There's no doubt about it, the house that improv legend Del Close and founding partner Charna Halpern built rules. Not only has iO churned out legendary folk like Mike Meyers and Amy Poehler among

  1. 3541 N Clark St, (between Cornelia and Eddy Sts)
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Annoyance Theatre

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Annoyance put itself on the map with its famously distasteful gross-out musical Co-Ed Prison Sluts. Twenty-plus years later, it still cranks out bizarre, unconventional comedy.

  1. 4830 N Broadway, (between Lawrence Ave and Ainslie St)
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The Lincoln Lodge

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The back room of a washed-up diner may not sound like much, but that's the beauty of the Lodge, a room that virtually placed Chicago on the alt-comedy map. The emphasis is top-quality comics, as

  1. 4008 N Lincoln Ave, (between Irving Park Rd and Cuyler Ave)
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Zanies

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Remember the olden days when comedy clubs with a two-drink minimum policy ruled? That era is long gone, but this venerable laugh factory has managed to hang on. The comedy here is a bit of a mixed

  1. 1548 N Wells St, (between Schiller St and North Ave)
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The Playground Theater

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The nation's only not-for-profit co-op theater devoted to the art of improvisation is an excellent place for young teams to practice their craft. The programming is often experimental and incredibly

  1. 3209 N Halsted St, (at Belmont Ave)
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Timothy O'Toole's

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In one corner of this subterranean sports bar, you’ll find frat boys flirting with the bartenders. In another, you’ll see an entire accounting department downing beers and watching various games

  1. 622 N Fairbanks Ct, (at Ontario St)
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  1. 3175 N Broadway, (at Belmont Ave)
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