The Second City

The theater that brought you John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers and Tina Fey presents "Dream Freaks Fall From Space." Shows Tu-Th 8 pm; F-Sa 8 and 11 pm; Su 7 pm. Tickets $29-$46. The e.t.c. stage showcases "The Second City e.t.c.'s 41st Revue: Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno" through mid January, Th 8 pm; F-Sa 8 and 11 pm; Su 7 pm. Free improv after last show every night but F. Dinner/show packages available; no drink minimum.

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Since opening its doors as a small cabaret theater in 1959, Chicago’s own Second City has grown into a comedy empire, launching the careers of superstars like John Belushi, Joan Rivers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Tim Meadows, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, Keegan-Michael Key, Stephen Colbert and more.

The iconic theater’s three resident stages offer shows seven nights a week, with Saturday and Sunday “Best of The Second City” matinees for the earlybirds. Come see the next generation of the world’s best sketch comedy and improv talent live on stage... and say you saw them before they were famous!

For those looking to make a night of it, book a cozy booth at 1959 Kitchen & Bar, located inside Second City’s Old Town campus. Offering elevated pub fare, sweet and savory noshes, specialty cocktails, craft beer, and more, 1959 is the perfect spot to mingle with other audience members, neighborhood locals, and even the actors themselves. 

The Second City is also home to the world’s largest school of improvisation, offering hundreds of classes for every age and experience level. There are even plenty of one-time drop-in workshops for those curious to give improv a try while they’re in town.

Address: 
1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
United States
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Address: 
1608 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
United States
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