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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 the Laugh Factory. 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. Following the example of the Lincoln Lodge, which began its life in the back room of a greasy-spoon diner (though it now makes its home at Wicker Park's SubT), 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 Cameron Esposito or Kumail Nanjiani.

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The Lincoln Lodge

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Having relocated to Subterranean after the loss of its longtime space in the now-closed Lincoln Restaurant, the country's longest continuously operating home for alt comedy continues to be a fine place to see emerging stand-ups. The Lodge is hoping to open a permanent venue of its own in late 2017.

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Subterranean , Wicker Park Friday March 31 2017 - Friday May 26 2017
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Chicago Underground Comedy

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This outstanding night of comedy takes in four to five comics each week. Keep your eye on some of these folks: they're going places.

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Beat Kitchen , North Center Tuesday March 28 2017 - Tuesday April 24 2018
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Congrats on Your Success

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Since its start in 2012, stand-up comedy showcase Congrats on Your Success has steadily built up an audience of dedicated regulars, who pack every bit of available space in Logan Square's Uncharted Books. The show's loose, friendly vibe is reinforced by interactive bits and between-set segments that engage attendees with the show's hosts and producers, who describe their audience as "DTF."

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Uncharted Books , Logan Square Thursday April 6 2017 - Thursday March 1 2018
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ClickHole at the Hideout

Writers from ClickHole, the Onion’s sister site that cranks out deadpan spoofs of Upworthy-style viral content, convene at the Hideout for a live show.

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Hideout , River West/West Town Thursday April 6 2017 - Thursday December 7 2017
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Best Night Ever

This weekly comedy showcase at Wrigleyville's Gman Tavern features a mix of local and touring stand-ups, all at no cost to the audience.

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Gman Tavern , Wrigleyville Until Monday April 30 2018

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