The Second City

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The Second City Information

Quick Facts

  • Since opening in 1959 as a small cabaret theatre, The Second City comedy club has become the most influential comedy theatre in the world.
  • The Second City has expanded beyond a single performance stage, and also has Second City Training Centers in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles.
  • Second City Chicago produced 185 episodes of "SCTV," which won two Emmy Awards.

Info

Location:
1616 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60614
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Phone:
312.337.3992

Nearest Transit:
Sedgwick (Brown Line, Purple Line)

Hours of Operation:
Vary


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4.4
Music:
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Ambience:
4.5
Crowd:
4.5
Price:
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Nightlife Review : The Second City


cmarco

Joined: March 2012

xxx.xxx.51.16

Overall:
4
Music:
4
Crowd:
4
Ambience:
4
Price:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of visit: 9/10

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Highly Recommended

Had a blast with my wife. We both laughed our butts off, going back again this year! Highly recommended for any visitor when visiting Chicago.  Great history, and funny skits.

Nightlife Review : The Second City


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.75
Music:
4
Crowd:
5
Ambience:
5
Price:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of visit: 11/11

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Went for:

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Second City - As funny a show that I've EVER seen

As a life-long fan of Saturday Night Live, I've been aware of the legendary Second City Improv troupe for a long time now as the breeding ground for some the funniest sketch comedians of all time. (Tine Fey, Bill Murray, John Candy, John Belushi, etc.) As a wannabe funny guy, I promised myself that if I ever made a trip to Chicago, I would see a show at the Second City Theatre in Lincoln Park.

Amazingly, the Second City exceeded my expectations and was one of the funniest live performances I’ve ever seen - if not THE funniest. I saw "South Side of Heaven" on a Wednesday night and the theatre was PACKED. Seriously, there isn’t much empty space at the Second City Theatre; I was practically sitting on the lap of the guy next to me. Be prepared to make new friends, share the tables and buy a drink or two. Also, don’t be surprised if you become a part of the show, especially if you sit up front. (Which I did – I won’t give anything away, but just know that you’ve been warned.)

The performers were PHENOMENAL and the material was racy, dark and fun all at once. I definitely feel like I saw some future stars on the Second City stage that night. The show was incredibly smart, fast-paced and surprising, and I laughed about as hard and as often as I can ever remember. Supposedly it's an all ages show, but if it were a movie it would probably be slapped with an R rating, in case you're thinking about bringing your teenage son or daughter.

I’d highly recommend getting there about a half-hour early, and you can skip the bar on the way in as servers will take care of you before and throughout the show. Also, Second City seems like a great idea for a date-night - who doesn't like to laugh on a good date? (It's pretty cheap for performance art; tickets were just $22 – you should buy them in person to skip the $7.50 online fee.)

Also, make sure to stick around for the encore act if you can – I did and 30 Rock star Scott Adsit showed up for some inspired Improv.

Overall, the Second City was probably the most memorable thing I did in Chicago and I can't recommend it enough. Do NOT skip the Second City if you’re visiting Chicago.



*Some images shown above are not actual photos from the venue, but category representations. Visit the venue's web site for actual photos.

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Summary

Features: Come check out what all the laughs are about at The Second City in Lincoln Park - the world's premiere comedy theatre offering the best in Chicago-style sketch and improv comedy every night of the week and launching the careers of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and many others. Second City Chicago hosts comedy shows 7 nights a week consisting of a variety of short scenes, songs, and improvised comedy sketches.

Why We Go: The Second City is a must when you come to Chicago. Second City Chicago guarantees laughs, and at this world renowned institution where comedy is God, you won't leave disappointed.

  • Training Center: The Second City offers amazing improvisation and comedy classes where you will learn the basics of improv and sketch comedy, and practice your skills with fellow classmates.
  • Live Comedy Shows: The Second City comedy club has the best comedy shows in the city, and every one is different and unique, so go twice!
  • History: Second City Chicago is like the Cambridge of Comedy. For the last 50 years The Second City has been paving the way for the best comedians in the world.

Inside Knowledge:  Second City Lincoln Park offers a dinner/show package that features the best food of Old Town.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Check the website: The Second City website has updated information about shows, special events, comedy tours and classes, so be sure you check the website frequently.
  • Do Purchase tickets early: The Second City sells out shows sometimes up to a month in advance, so if you're planning a trip to Chicago, buy tickets as soon as you can.
  • Don't Come alone: Second City Chicago is a great place to come with a group of people, and if you have a group of 16 or more, you qualify for a special group rate.
  • Don't Bring your kids: The shows at Second City Chicago contain adult humor and are about the equivalent of an R-rated movie. The Second City will not allow in children under 10 and recommends your kids be 16 or older for the shows.

Venue Amenities

  • Coat Check
  • Easy Parking
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Full Bar
  • Live Entertainment
  • Parking Structure
  • Stage
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Bar Food
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
  • Private Parties
  • Private Room

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Nightlife Review : The Second City


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.75
Music:
4
Crowd:
5
Ambience:
5
Price:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of visit: 11/11

Went with:

Went for:

Cover Charge:

Second City - As funny a show that I've EVER seen

As a life-long fan of Saturday Night Live, I've been aware of the legendary Second City Improv troupe for a long time now as the breeding ground for some the funniest sketch comedians of all time. (Tine Fey, Bill Murray, John Candy, John Belushi, etc.) As a wannabe funny guy, I promised myself that if I ever made a trip to Chicago, I would see a show at the Second City Theatre in Lincoln Park.

Amazingly, the Second City exceeded my expectations and was one of the funniest live performances I’ve ever seen - if not THE funniest. I saw "South Side of Heaven" on a Wednesday night and the theatre was PACKED. Seriously, there isn’t much empty space at the Second City Theatre; I was practically sitting on the lap of the guy next to me. Be prepared to make new friends, share the tables and buy a drink or two. Also, don’t be surprised if you become a part of the show, especially if you sit up front. (Which I did – I won’t give anything away, but just know that you’ve been warned.)

The performers were PHENOMENAL and the material was racy, dark and fun all at once. I definitely feel like I saw some future stars on the Second City stage that night. The show was incredibly smart, fast-paced and surprising, and I laughed about as hard and as often as I can ever remember. Supposedly it's an all ages show, but if it were a movie it would probably be slapped with an R rating, in case you're thinking about bringing your teenage son or daughter.

I’d highly recommend getting there about a half-hour early, and you can skip the bar on the way in as servers will take care of you before and throughout the show. Also, Second City seems like a great idea for a date-night - who doesn't like to laugh on a good date? (It's pretty cheap for performance art; tickets were just $22 – you should buy them in person to skip the $7.50 online fee.)

Also, make sure to stick around for the encore act if you can – I did and 30 Rock star Scott Adsit showed up for some inspired Improv.

Overall, the Second City was probably the most memorable thing I did in Chicago and I can't recommend it enough. Do NOT skip the Second City if you’re visiting Chicago.

Nightlife Review : The Second City


cmarco

Joined: March 2012

xxx.xxx.51.16

Overall:
4
Music:
4
Crowd:
4
Ambience:
4
Price:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of visit: 9/10

Went with:

Went for:

Cover Charge:

Highly Recommended

Had a blast with my wife. We both laughed our butts off, going back again this year! Highly recommended for any visitor when visiting Chicago.  Great history, and funny skits.