Chicago comedy nights: The best comedy shows at bars and pubs

These Chicago comedy nights at alternative venues are among the best bets for up-and-comers in stand-up and sketch comedy.

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Chicago is host to a bevy of dedicated comedy clubs, from such institutions as improv mecca iO Chicago and the legendary Second City to stand-up joints like Jokes & Notes. But some of the most daring Chicago comedy can be found in bars and pubs, bookstores and comics shops, on stages where bands might be playing most nights—or, say, in the back rooms of greasy-spoon diners. Following the example of the Lincoln Lodge, which bills itself as the nation's longest running independent comedy showcase (though it's searching for a new home after losing its venue at the beginning of 2014), regular comedy nights have sprouted in a number of Chicago's watering holes over the last decade and a half. These are the places you're most likely to spot the next TJ Miller or Kumail Nanjiani.


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Chicago Underground Comedy

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Beat Kitchen 2100 W Belmont Ave, at Hoyne Ave
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Tue Dec 29
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Comedians You Should Know

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Timothy O'Toole's 622 N Fairbanks Ct, at Ontario St
  2. Wed Dec 3 - Wed Dec 24
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  1. Town Hall Pub 3340 N Halsted St, between Buckingham Pl and Roscoe St
  2. Sun Jun 29
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Congrats on Your Success

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Uncharted Books 2630 N Milwaukee Ave, between Logan Blvd and Diversey Ave
  2. Thu Dec 4
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  1. Rockit Burger Bar 3700 N Clark St, at Waveland Ave
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Tue Dec 30
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  1. Brainstorm Comics 1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Ste 321 at North and Damen Aves
  2. Sat Dec 13 - Sat Dec 27
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  1. Door No. 3 1572 N Milwaukee Ave, North Ave and Milwaukee Ave
  2. Tue Jun 24
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  1. 157 W Ontario St, (at LaSalle Dr)
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The ComedySportz Theatre

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 929 W Belmont Ave, (at Wilton St)
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  1. 230 W North Ave, (at Wells St)
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