iO Theater

Comedy , Improv Lincoln Park
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iO Theater

No doubt about it, the house that improv legend Del Close and founding partner Charna Halpern built rules. Not only has iO churned out legendary folk like Mike Myers and Amy Poehler, but it consistently puts the art of improv first, most noticeably via the Harold, its signature long-form. The shows are generally cheap and the classes a must for budding improvisers. The new theater complex, completed in 2014, contains four performance spaces: the Del Close Theater, the Jason Chin Harold Cabaret, the Chris Farley Cabaret and the Mission Theater. The venue's expansive lobby bar is an inviting place to hang out even if you're not seeing a show.

Venue name: iO Theater
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Address: 1501 N Kingsbury St
Chicago

Transport: El stop: Red to North/Clybourn. Bus: 8, 72.
Price: Average price: $5–$15
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  • Improv Until Friday August 26 2016
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  • Improv Saturday July 30 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016
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  • Improv Monday August 1 2016 - Monday August 29 2016
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  • Open mic nights Monday August 1 2016 - Monday December 26 2016 Free
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  • Improv Tuesday August 2 2016 - Tuesday August 9 2016
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  • Improv Wednesday August 3 2016 - Wednesday August 24 2016
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  • Improv Thursday August 25 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016
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Kathryn K
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Budget comedy seekers take heart! IO has some shows around 15 bucks for a sweet night out. We went to see "Damn Gina: A House Party". The show was about an hour and the theater had drink specials. Some of it was sketch comedy and some was improv. Most skits were funny. There are several shows going on at once so you have more than one option. Improv Shakespeare was another alluring one that was playing that same night.

sara f

The bar is stocked with a ton a craft beer on tap and everything on the menu, especially the iO burger, is really delicious. If you're thinking about taking classes go watch some of the graduation shows to get an idea of what you'll be doing.

Clayton Guse
moderator

iO is an amazing place for comedians and comedy fans alike. Whether you're looking to hone your craft, take an introductory improv course or just get hammered while laughing your butt off, this place is a sure thing. Comedy giants (see Amy Poehler) have cut their teeth in this legendary theater, and any given show there could very well include a budding star.