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Laugh it up at the Lincoln Lodge - Chicago’s funniest comedy club!

3/5/14 | by

Trying to find Chicago’s best stand up comedy show? Look no further than The Lincoln Lodge! Every Friday night The Lincoln Lodge puts on a show that have Chicagoans and Chicago travelers holding their sides - with some of Chicago’s funniest comics. From the always hilarious Blackout Diaries (remember that time we drank too much whiskey and tried to steal a police horse…?), to The Lincoln Lodge comedy showcase (who’s an up-and-coming hoot?), all the shows presented are absolutely incredible - you can’t miss!

The Lincoln Lodge Comedy Showcase - 8pm

Now in its 14th season, The Lincoln Lodge Showcase brings Chicago the best new comedians, so come catch them before they rise to the top and tickets sell out on Ticketmaster within an hour. Past performers include Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live!), Marc Maron, and Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords!).

The show features stand-up comedy with a rotating cast of emcees, and fresh line-up of comedians. Come down to SubT Lounge in Bucktown and enjoy the best of the best at The Lincoln Lodge Comedy Showcase.

Blackout Diaries - 8pm

We’ve all been there - that time you woke up and realize you spend the whole night singing “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar at some karaoke bar (it’s happened - I swear I sound exactly like her). Come share your stories of drunken debauchery at The Blackout Diaries. Some of the funniest comedians in Chicago come for a bit of confession, so don’t be shy and share your wildest stories and worst drunken decisions.

The show features host Sean Flannery, and includes public participation, so enjoy the best story time there is.


You might not be able to learn how to be funny - but The Lincoln Lodge offers a variety of training services to bring out that funny bone. Whether you are looking to learn the basics of stand-up, or would like to deepen and trigger your ability to perform comedy, The Lincoln Lodge is the place to learn. The program offers patrons five week workshops (co-ed) and helps guests not only find their inner comedian, but works with public speaking skills.

The Details

Shows are every Friday night, at 8pm and cost $10. Show times and prices might be different for special events. Doors open at 7pm, so come and get your drink on before laughing it up. A full menu is available throughout the whole show, plus there is no minimum purchase! The show is expected to last about 80 minutes. The SubT Lounge (venue), is located at 2011 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL, and is a 21+ venue, so leave the kiddies with a babysitter.

Enjoy Chicago’s funniest shows at The Lincoln Lodge!

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