The Second City e.t.c.

Comedy, Stand-up Lincoln Park
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The Second City e.t.c.
Chicago comedy clubs: The Second City has occupied its Wells Street address since 1967.

The younger sibling to the Second City Mainstage was never meant to be. The first revue was staged while owner Bernie Sahlins was away on business. Good thing. Now more than 20 years old, it's a smashing success and an experimental counterpart to the tourist-driven Mainstage. Its shows are typically high-energy, rock & roll productions featuring some of the most talented sketch comedians in town.


Venue name: The Second City e.t.c.
Address: 1608 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: $5–$25
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  • Sketch shows Wednesday February 28 2018
  • Sunday March 18 2018 - Friday July 20 2018

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You really cannot go wrong seeing any Second City show. Some of the tickets may be pricy, but you'll always leave here having laughed until your face hurts. There's also not a bad seat in the house, and drink service is typically very attentive. Nine times out of ten, at least some of the funny folks you see onstage you'll end up also seeing on SNL—and probably soon!