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Hours:
Showtimes: Mon.- Tues. 8pm, Wed. 4pm & 8pm, Thurs. 8pm, Fri. 8pm & 11pm, Sat. 4pm, 8pm & 11pm, Sun. 1pm & 7pm

When to Go:
Friday and Saturday nights

Age Restriction:
10+; Recommended for teenagers over 16

Nearest Transit:
Sedgwick

Important Information:
Drop-in classes available.

Second City Theatre

Quick Facts

  • Second City Chicago is a hilarious Improv troupe that performs nightly at their famous Chicago theare.
  • The Second City Theatre has been a launching point for America's funniest comedians for more than 50 years, and past alums include Dan Akroyd, Tina Fey and John Candy.
  • Second City Chicago is a school for aspiring comedians and Improv players, and while there are three Second City locations in North America, Chicago Second City is the original
  • The Second City performs a total of seven shows each weekend, Fri.- Sat. 

Address:
1616 North Wells St
Chicago, IL 60614
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Overall:
4.75
Location:
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Information:
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Fun Factor:
5

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Tour Review : Second City Theatre


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.65
Location:
4
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Second City Theatre - The small room where legends are made

(Note: This review is for the Second City Theatre ONLY. For a review of the show, check out the Second City page here.)

The Second City Theatre is small, cramped and at times borderline uncomfortable - not unlike the hilarious performances it offers up nearly every night. 

First, you walk up a plight of stairs and are greeted by a small bar area. You can grab a drink, but servers come around throughout the show and are happy to take food and drink orders. (Which are reasonably priced, especially for a theatre.) Once you check in with the hostess, you'll follow someone into your seat. 

This is where it gets interesting. On this particular night, I was seeing the South Side of Heaven alone, and felt extremely lucky when they placed me in the second row literally inches from the stage. Then I sat down - practically on the lap of the dude next to me - and shared a small "communal" table with a really nice couple in front of me. Seriously - the Second City doesn't waste an inch of space. The seats are small and uncomfortable, but they make it work. A smaller caliber show (see "less funny") would never get away wit this, but the Second City is so impressive that it's absolutely worth the cramped conditions.

That being said, the tight quarters serve as an icebreaker, and you end up chatting with just about everyone within earshot. Also, the servers are fast and efficient without being invasive, and my drink was rarely empty during the show. Also, the ambiance of the theatre was young, hip and edgy, from the crowd buzz before the show to the hip hop music during intermission.

I noticed that the folks in the "balcony" (it's maybe one step higher than the main area) had a little bit more space to work with, and if you book your tickets online there are a number of questions they ask you so as to accommodate your party as comfortably as possible. As a single, I didn't really care where they put me, and it actually paid off as I became part of the show. (I won't give away anything - that's for you to experience!)

Overall, the intimacy of the theatre and its amazing performers combine to make the Second City an unforgettable experience. Before you leave (or during intermission), make sure to check out the dozens of pictures on the wall detailing the rich history of this legendary theatre. You'll notice some VERY famous faces, and there's a good chance that you'll be seeing tomorrow's stars right before your eyes. I can't recommend the Second City Theatre enough.

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Lincoln Park

Ticket Pricing

Prices Range From: 16- $27

Summary

Features: Since 1959, The Second City has established itself as a Chicago landmark and a national treasure. The theatre that launched the careers of such comic greats as John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner offers nightly comedy shows, as well as a variety of other programs and services.

The theatre has two resident stages: The Second City Mainstage, which seats 340 and The Second City e.t.c., which seats 180. Each theatre has a resident troupe that writes and performs an original comedy revue. The shows are smart, funny, and highly original. 

The Second City Training Center operates a third theatre in the Piper's Alley complex on Wells Street called Donny's Skybox Studio Theatre. Donny's Skybox features an eclectic mix of student productions as well as other alternative shows. The Second City also has touring troupes that take our shows on the road, a Training Center that teaches improvisation, acting, writing, and other skills, and a corporate communications division that services the business world.

Be sure to check the Second City website for the current performance schedule.

Why We Go: The Second City Theatre is easily one of the most popular attractions in Chicago, and their gut-busting humor and impressive performance skills make a a hilarious evening in Chicago.

  • Hilarious Improv: Using themes like "The Best Friggin' Time of Your Life" and "Fair & Unbalanced", the Second City Chicago ensemble uses their top-notch training and performance skills to bring you one of the funniest Chicago theater performances you'll ever see. 
  • Rising Stars: Dozens of famous comedians have been plucked from the Second City Chicago Theatre ranks. If someone catches your eye at the Second City Theatre, don't be surprised if you see them on Saturday Night Live in a couple of years ...
  • Fun Atmosphere: From the fun and intimate interior, to the great live performances and appreciative audience, Second City Chicago Theatre shows are enjoyable for all ages and backgrounds.  

Inside Knowledge: Weekday Second City Chicago Theatre shows are slightly less expensive, but you'll enjoy the best performances on their weekend shows, which highlight the Improv troupe's most talented ensemble.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Arrive Early: All seats at the Second City Theatre are general admission, so you'll want to arrive at least 30- 45 minutes before the show if you're hoping to score the best seats at this popular Chicago theatre.  
  • Do Go On a Date Night: If you're hoping to impress a special someone, the Second City Theatre is a great date night destination in Lincoln Park. After all, what beats a couple of drinks, lots of laughs, and a fun and intimate atmosphere?
  • Don't Wait to Buy Tickets: Second City Chicago Theatre tickets are usually sold out weeks in advance, so make sure to buy your tickets before your vacation in Chicago.
  • Don't Go Hungry: The Adobo Grill is a popular Mexican restaurant in Chicago next to the Second City Theatre, and gives theater-goers the opportunity to enjoy a great meal and authentic Margaritas before the show. 

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Tour Review : Second City Theatre


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.65
Location:
4
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Second City Theatre - The small room where legends are made

(Note: This review is for the Second City Theatre ONLY. For a review of the show, check out the Second City page here.)

The Second City Theatre is small, cramped and at times borderline uncomfortable - not unlike the hilarious performances it offers up nearly every night. 

First, you walk up a plight of stairs and are greeted by a small bar area. You can grab a drink, but servers come around throughout the show and are happy to take food and drink orders. (Which are reasonably priced, especially for a theatre.) Once you check in with the hostess, you'll follow someone into your seat. 

This is where it gets interesting. On this particular night, I was seeing the South Side of Heaven alone, and felt extremely lucky when they placed me in the second row literally inches from the stage. Then I sat down - practically on the lap of the dude next to me - and shared a small "communal" table with a really nice couple in front of me. Seriously - the Second City doesn't waste an inch of space. The seats are small and uncomfortable, but they make it work. A smaller caliber show (see "less funny") would never get away wit this, but the Second City is so impressive that it's absolutely worth the cramped conditions.

That being said, the tight quarters serve as an icebreaker, and you end up chatting with just about everyone within earshot. Also, the servers are fast and efficient without being invasive, and my drink was rarely empty during the show. Also, the ambiance of the theatre was young, hip and edgy, from the crowd buzz before the show to the hip hop music during intermission.

I noticed that the folks in the "balcony" (it's maybe one step higher than the main area) had a little bit more space to work with, and if you book your tickets online there are a number of questions they ask you so as to accommodate your party as comfortably as possible. As a single, I didn't really care where they put me, and it actually paid off as I became part of the show. (I won't give away anything - that's for you to experience!)

Overall, the intimacy of the theatre and its amazing performers combine to make the Second City an unforgettable experience. Before you leave (or during intermission), make sure to check out the dozens of pictures on the wall detailing the rich history of this legendary theatre. You'll notice some VERY famous faces, and there's a good chance that you'll be seeing tomorrow's stars right before your eyes. I can't recommend the Second City Theatre enough.