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The Second City


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1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
United States

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The Second City


(??.? miles from you)

1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
United States


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Quirky Fun

Night Time Fun

Authentic Local Experience

Good Value

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Why You Should Go...

A successful trip to Chicago consists of deep-dish pizza, a selfie at the Bean, and most importantly, a visit to the legendary Second City, famously known as the “Harvard of Comedy.” Starting as a small ca

In fact, alumni often return to the Second City just to catch a show or even sit in on the nightly improv set with current cast members. With performances every night of the week (including late nights on weekends), and a variety of different shows to choose from, you never know what or who you may see. A visit to the Windy City won’t be complete without a night of world-famous laughs at this Chicago institution. Most shows are rated R, but there are always PG-13 options on the schedule. Please call the box office to inquire. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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Why You Should Go...

A successful trip to Chicago consists of deep-dish pizza, a selfie at the Bean, and most importantly, a visit to the legendary Second City, famously known as the “Harvard of Comedy.” Starting as a small cabaret theater in 1959, the Second City has become a true temple of political satire the boasts 60 years of celebrity alumni, from Steve Carrell to Keagan-Michael Key, Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey, and Chris Farley to Bill Murray.

In fact, alumni often return to the Second City just to catch a show or even sit in on the nightly improv set with current cast members. With performances every night of the week (including late nights on weekends), and a variety of different shows to choose from, you never know what or who you may see. A visit to the Windy City won’t be complete without a night of world-famous laughs at this Chicago institution. Most shows are rated R, but there are always PG-13 options on the schedule. Please call the box office to inquire. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

What You Should Know...

Open: Year-Round

Hours:

5:00pm - 2:00am

5:00pm - 2:00am

5:00pm - 2:00am

5:00pm - 2:00am

5:00pm - 2:00am

5:00pm - 2:00am

5:00pm - 3:00am

Cost: Less than $50

Payment: Cash, MC, Visa, AMEX, Discover, Debit

Discounts: Groups, Military

Access: Wheelchair, Public Transportation, Service Animals

Parking: Paid On-site, Street, Bicycle

Available: Restaurant, Bar, Wi-fi, Souvenirs

Extra Fun...

Insider Info

Most seating is General Admission. Arrive at least 30 minutes before showtime for the best seats.

Food and drinks are served in all the theatres, but there is no drink minimum.

After many shows, there is a free third act, which is a completely improvised set by the cast. There are often special guests that play the improv set, too. You never know who or what you might see.

Fun Facts

Second City alumni include some of the world's biggest comedy superstars: Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Amy Pohler, Steve Carrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch, Jason Sudeikis, and many more.

Visit the 1959 Kitchen & Bar and take a selfie with the bust of Second City alum Harold Ramis, which made a cameo in the 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot.

For more than 25 years, artist Bill Utterback created signature caricatures for each resident Second City production in Chicago that line the lobby and hallways of the Piper's Alley theatre.

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Why You Should Go...

A successful trip to Chicago consists of deep-dish pizza, a selfie at the Bean, and most importantly, a visit to the legendary Second City, famously known as the “Harvard of Comedy.” Starting as a small cabaret theater in 1959, the Second City has become a true temple of political satire the boasts 60 years of celebrity alumni, from Steve Carrell to Keagan-Michael Key, Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey, and Chris Farley to Bill Murray.

In fact, alumni often return to the Second City just to catch a show or even sit in on the nightly improv set with current cast members. With performances every night of the week (including late nights on weekends), and a variety of different shows to choose from, you never know what or who you may see. A visit to the Windy City won’t be complete without a night of world-famous laughs at this Chicago institution. Most shows are rated R, but there are always PG-13 options on the schedule. Please call the box office to inquire. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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What You Should Know...

Open: Year-Round

Hours:
5:00pm - 2:00am
5:00pm - 2:00am
5:00pm - 2:00am
5:00pm - 2:00am
5:00pm - 2:00am
5:00pm - 2:00am
5:00pm - 3:00am

Cost: Less than $50

Payment: Cash, MC, Visa, AMEX, Discover, Debit

Discounts: Groups, Military

Access: Wheelchair, Public Transportation, Service Animals

Parking: Paid On-site, Street, Bicycle

Available: Restaurant, Bar, Wi-fi, Souvenirs

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  • The Second City’s Improv Comedy Hour

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    The Second City’s Improv Comedy Hour

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    The Second City’s Improv Comedy Hour
    A brand new twist on a classic art form…from the mind of Mick Napier. A wildly unpredictable display of classic improvisational games and techniques finessed for the modern age. Despite the name, we couldn’t fit all this play into just one hour.

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Insider Info

Most seating is General Admission. Arrive at least 30 minutes before showtime for the best seats.

Food and drinks are served in all the theatres, but there is no drink minimum.

After many shows, there is a free third act, which is a completely improvised set by the cast. There are often special guests that play the improv set, too. You never know who or what you might see.

Fun Facts

Second City alumni include some of the world's biggest comedy superstars: Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Amy Pohler, Steve Carrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch, Jason Sudeikis, and many more.

Visit the 1959 Kitchen & Bar and take a selfie with the bust of Second City alum Harold Ramis, which made a cameo in the 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot.

For more than 25 years, artist Bill Utterback created signature caricatures for each resident Second City production in Chicago that line the lobby and hallways of the Piper's Alley theatre.

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