Even if you know nothing about improv, chances are you've heard of Second City. This is the place that put both sketch and improvised comedy on the map while launching the careers of many distinguished comics including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, John Belushi, Joan Rivers, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell. Mainstage revues are occasionally stodgy, but most shows are still top-notch.
|Venue name:||The Second City||Contact:|
1616 N Wells St
|Cross street:||at North Ave|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus: 11, 22, 36, 72, 156.|
|Price:||Average price: $20–$30|
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Average User Rating
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My major problem with Second City is the inconsistency. I have been to many shows, and I have enjoyed about 50% of them. The main stage is definitely better than the smaller ones. The most recent one I attended, FANTASTIC SUPER GREAT NATION NUMERO UNO, was mediocre. I had only a few good laughs. I recommend asking more than one person before buying tickets to a show.
I try to make it to a show a least 2 to 3 times a year and i always have a great time when i go. it is the spot to bring out of town friends and family and everyone always enjoys it. they have a small selection of food you can order during the show which is nice. definitely recommend out of towners to make this a pit stop!
Went to see an improv show and it was by far the best live comedy show I've seen. They also offer a wide variety of shows for all kinds of tastes. Would love to come back here again.
This is always at the top of my list of things I tell people to do when visiting Chicago for the first time. It can be expensive, but I've never, ever had a disappointing time at Second City. It's worth every penny. I usually laugh until my face hurts. And chances are, someone in the cast you see will go on to perform on SNL very soon (I saw Aidy Bryant there!). There's not a bad seat, either, as it's a pretty small theater. This is improv at its very best.
Of course visiting a Second City show was tops on my to do list for my first ever visit to Chicago. I worship at the altar of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey and had to make a pilgrimage to see where these two hilarious, intelligent women began. Most friends familiar with the city recommended Mainstage, but timing and tickets just did not work out. A friend and I watched the #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment show at UP Comedy Club instead. The show was poignant and very funny, though it did end on a bit of a dark note. Overall great experience and I hope to get back for a more improv-based show one day!