Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' is coming to Chicago this summer

Here's what we know so far about tickets.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan
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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, usually taped in NYC, is officially going on the road.

Colbert announced that he will move his setup to Chicago's Auditorium Theatre from August 19 to 22, during this summer's Democratic National Convention, which is also taking place in the city. 

Although we assume that tickets to the taping will be available to the public, no information regarding potential passes has yet been made.

Colbert revealed the news during last night's show.

“I lived in Chicago for 11 years, and it holds a special place in my heart—and not because of all the Polish sausage lodged in my aorta,” said the host. “Chicago is where I cut my teeth performing at the Second City, and it’s also where this South Carolina boy got an education in winter. Did you know that tears can freeze? I didn’t know that before I lived there! You gotta keep blinking. So, get ready Chicago, because this summer it’s the return of daaaaaaaa Colbert.

The funnyman went on drawing laughs from the audience while joking about the location of the upcoming tapings.

“For one week, The Late Show will be broadcasting from the 130 year old Auditorium Theater,” he said. “It is absolutely gorgeous and so creatively named. The Auditorium Theater is right next to the Cafeteria Restaurant, and, of course, the historic Rooms Hotel.”

Lest you think Colbert will be following the nation's political campaigns with his crew all summer long, think again: the host will continue to tape his late-night show from New York's Ed Sullivan Theater during the 2024 Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to take over Milwaukee between July 15 and 18.

As for the program's guests during both conventions, no announcement has yet been made. 

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