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Comedian Kevin White hosts @North's open mic night.
Photograph: Sam McHaleComedian Kevin White hosts @North's open mic night.

Best comedy open mics in Chicago

Looking to try out new material at a comedy open mic? Chicago comedy clubs and bars have dozens to offer.

Written by
Kris Vire

Whether you're an aspiring comic who needs to log stage time and practice crowd work, or a comedy fan looking to discover a new favorite stand-up (often for free admission), open mic nights abound in Chicago; there are dozens to choose from every week at comedy clubs and corner dive bars alike. These are the cream of the crop.

Open mics in Chicago

  • Comedy
  • Open mic nights
  • Logan Square
Since 2009, funny folks have tried new material (or tried stand-up for the first time) at Cole’s. As many as 50 people perform for a packed room of encouraging spectators each week. Sometimes big names like Hannibal Buress and Tim Meadows even drop by. “Everybody should try it. Even if you don’t get any laughs, it’s a good way to get outside your comfort zone,” says bar owner Cole Brice. Sign-up starts at 5:30pm. Hosted by Sonia Denis and Rebecca O'Neal.
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