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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Fool Me Twice, Déjà Vu
By intermission of the Second City’s 104th mainstage revue, it seemed like a lot of the company’s recent flagship shows: a mostly strong collection of unrelated sketches—some with razor-sharp fangs, others a little gummier—that made a decent showcase...Sketch shows Until Saturday December 31 2016Read more
A Red Line Runs Through It
The Second City e.t.c.’s 40th revue has some pointed and topical material, notably including a musical number eviscerating Mayor Rahm Emanuel and another song that frames the fight over appointing a new Supreme Court justice as a Hamilton-esque rap battle...Sketch shows Until Sunday November 27 2016Read more
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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!