Chicago's reputation as a comedy town is well deserved. Comedy clubs dot the city's map. We're the city where improv comedy was born and sketch was refined, where SNL comes looking when it needs to replenish the well; it was here that Nichols met May and Poehler met Fey. The Chicago comedy scene is so pervasive that sketch troupes and stand-up comedy nights regularly crop up in bars, pubs, music clubs and theaters. But as full-time venues for improv, sketch and stand-up go, from grandaddy Second City to its newer cousin UP Comedy Club, these are the cream of the crop.
RECOMMENDED: Best Chicago comedy nights