Former Lakeshore Theater reopens as the Laugh Factory

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When the Lakeshore Theater shuttered its doors last April (after a sudden April Fool's Day announcement), I asked local comics to share their thoughts on what was next in store for Chicago comedy. Dan Telfer, a booker at Chicago Underground Comedy told me, "The difference between the Lakeshore and current [comedy] venues is vast. It would take investors and a talented businessman to truly fill the void."


It seems that day has now arrived. The vacant space at 3175 N Broadway will reopen as the Chicago outpost of the Laugh Factory, a Los Angeles-based comedy club. In its heyday, the Lakeshore booked some of the best alt comics in the world including Bill Burr, Maria Bamford, Todd Barry and many others. Its owner, Chris Ritter, suggested to me at the time that he had hoped the venue would reopen with the same artistic vision intact. "There have indeed been discussions about that," he told me, "but it's too early to call one way or another."


The Laugh Factory reportedly hopes to book both local and touring headliners alike.



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