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iO Chicago

iO Chicago

Comedy Club, Concert Hall, and Bar
  • Has a stamp of approval from Explore Chicago and Time Out Chicago
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  • P K.
    "Improv Shakespeare looks as hard as it sounds, but somehow it works."(7 Tips)
    "It's all great, but TJ & Dave and a great Harold get us everytime."(6 Tips)
    Mike C.
    "then The Reckoning @"(4 Tips)
    Andrew G.
    "Cook County Social Club, Tuesday nights at 8:00."(4 Tips)
84 Tips and reviews
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  • Neil C.
    Neil C1 week ago
    One of the homes of improv. Can't go wrong! Improv is life!
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzAugust 6, 2016
    There's table service for food and drinks in the theaters.
    Upvoted May 7
  • Chris E.
    Chris EsparzaJuly 30, 2016
    TJ & Dave, 3Peat, Improvised Shakespeare.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonMay 15, 2016
    Shakespeare was funny and impressively in character. (Not just for theater geeks)
  • Mats S.
    Mats SchwiegerApril 15, 2016
    THE place to go for improv comedy in Chicago!
  • Ashley Marie L.
    Ashley Marie LewisJanuary 31, 2016
    The talent is phenomenal (You'll laugh so hard, you'll cry!), and the staff is very friendly, patient, & helpful. It was my first time at iO- Went to see LaRoyce Hawkins perform. Can't wait to return!
  • Adam M.
    Adam McNeilJanuary 7, 2016
    Thoroughly enjoyed the show! Would go back next time I'm in Chicago.
  • Wyn E.
    Wyn EvansOctober 26, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The io burger is pretty good!
  • Leach E.
    Leach E. E.September 14, 2015
    Hilarious longform improv using house method (the Harold).
  • Abhishek K.
    Abhishek KarJuly 4, 2015
    Saw the improvised Shakespeare company. My first improv and according to my experienced friends one of the best they have seen!
  • Leland B.
    Leland BrewsterJune 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The mid-week shows are cheap (free, $5, or $10) and still a great time!
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 25, 2015
    Incredible longform improv shows every night of the week.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinApril 24, 2015
    The Old Fashioned cocktail is delicious!
  • David S.
    David SmithApril 11, 2015
    Table service (drinks and food) in the theaters.
  • Stephanie H.
    Affordable tickets make for a fun night out for visitors and locals.
  • Cayla E.
    Cayla EcholsApril 4, 2015
    I enjoyed the superhuman show. It features a really fun all female cast.
  • Jenna P.
    Jenna PavlikJanuary 25, 2015
    Good night out & a fun comedy club.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    No such thing as a bad show. Great food as well!
  • Erika A.
    Erika ArevuoNovember 21, 2014
    Shakespeare Improv with my best boy, Max!
  • Ceasar G.
    Ceasar GonzalesOctober 19, 2014
    let's laugh a little
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerOctober 11, 2014
    Friday night: saw improve Shakespeare show. These guys are not only hilarious but brilliant- super clever and witty, had me laughing the whole time. You won't regret it.
  • Veronica C.
    Veronica ChaidezSeptember 28, 2014
    Awesome church services with Sundays. Grand opening October 5, 2014. Check it out. Good messages to carry you through your week.
  • Philly Improv Theater
    Philly Improv TheaterSeptember 23, 2014
    You can never go wrong with The Improvised Shakespeare Company, or TJ & Dave.
  • tara d.
    tara defranciscoSeptember 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Chaos Theory, Deltones (the improvised musical harold), Dummy, TJ&Dave, defrancisCo, Improvised Shakespeare... see 'em all, and more!
  • Janie S.
    Janie SSeptember 2, 2014
    Solid improv
  • Kellen T.
    Kellen TerrettAugust 8, 2014
    See the team American Standard. They're stacked with talent. Especially the tall handsome guy with glasses.
  • Paige G.
    Paige Goodman WolvenAugust 7, 2014
    There's two stages!
  • Chulses M.
    Chulses MacSmithJune 15, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    TJ & Dave and Improvised Shakespeare are the only shows that don't disappoint.
  • Anita W.
    Anita WangDecember 29, 2013
    The Harold is always lots of fun.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammJuly 8, 2013
    TJ & Dave on Wednesday nights for some of the best improv in the country.
  • Abigail E.
    Abigail EvansJune 21, 2013
    One of Chicago's best kept comedy secrets. They act everyday next week. Each of the three different improv teams will keep you laughing all night
  • Emily N.
    Great show Sunday nights from the 5b graduates!
  • Jerry B.
    Jerry BiagMay 26, 2013
    Henrietta Pussycat was the awesome! Mike Berg is the bomb.
  • they all call her a.
    Absolutely hilarious. Totally recommend!!
  • Alana B.
    Alana BalbesApril 18, 2013
    This place is bananas!
  • Neil C.
    Neil CDecember 4, 2012
    One of the best spots in Chicago. A must see. Check out Whirled News Tonight; Armando Diaz Experience and TJ & Dave, to name but a few!
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah VelascoNovember 13, 2012
    Call the box office directly to avoid through $6 service fee.
  • Alma R.
    Alma RhodenOctober 6, 2012
    Awesome! I highly recommend the Fancy Lady shows at midnight on the first Friday of each month.
  • Bruce P.
    Bruce PhillipsAugust 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    See Hitchcocktails. These guys are the best thing since sliced bacon. Seriously. I'd eat them. Alive. Thursday's at 8PM!!!
  • Lilchelpz
    LilchelpzAugust 6, 2012
    Go on a night where you can see Stacey Smith. The girl is too funny! She's going to be the next big thing! You can say you saw her first!
  • Shannon
    ShannonJune 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit front row. Give a suggestion when they ask. Tip the waitresses well (Sarah is awesome!).
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    Not only has iO churned out legendary folk like Mike Meyers and Amy Poehler, but it consistently puts the art of improv first. The shows are cheap and the classes a must for budding improvisers.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 25, 2012
    Not only has iO churned out legendary folk like Mike Meyers and Amy Poehler, but it consistently puts the art of improv first. The shows are cheap and the classes a must for budding improvisers. -JJ Read more
  • Natasha B.
    Natasha BMay 23, 2012
    Katydids rocked the house.
  • Lara K.
    Lara KocabMay 15, 2012
    First time seeing a show here and it did not disappoint!
  • Anne
    AnneMay 10, 2012
    $4 Goose Island Green Line drafts this month!
  • David M.
    David MillerFebruary 25, 2012
    Book tickets early for improv Shakespeare on Friday. Awesome show.
  • mariela
    marielaJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 shows Saturday nights at midnight! The improv performers never disappoint.
  • Lara M.
    Lara MillerJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Harold!
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyNovember 5, 2011
    Free improv every Monday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. Get there early so that you have a good seat.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 31, 2011
    There's no doubt about it, the house that improv legend Del Close and founding partner Charna Halpern built rules.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 20, 2011
    There's no doubt about it, the house that improv legend Del Close and founding partner Charna Halpern built rules.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoSeptember 20, 2011
    Famous for training some of the sharpest minds in comedy today, iO Theater is a leader in improv comedy and hosts shows 7 nights a week. Plan on a fun–and surprising!–night out in Wrigleyville.
  • Bill C.
    Bill ChisholmSeptember 10, 2011
    Shakespeare is the funniest thing I've ever seen. So much better than any movie or other improv group. Can't lose with Shakespeare
  • Zach W.
    Zach WestAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tuesday night's 8pm show is awesome, I highly suggest it. Big fan of Cook County Social Club.
  • kirsten G.
    kirsten GerbatschAugust 13, 2011
    so much fun! go to improv Shakespeare this weekend! good bar service too but the glasses of wine are overpriced for the pour.
  • TicketWeb
    TicketWebJuly 21, 2011
    Craving some laughter? Come watch their improv shows! Read more
  • Brendan T.
    Brendan TakashJuly 16, 2011
    Improv Shakespeare: MUST SEE improv!
  • Tim P.
    Tim PJuly 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    All shows and classes here are fantastic! Top performances include TJ and Dave, The Reckoning, and Chaos Theory. Great place to bring a date or hang out with a group of friends any night of the week!
  • Crystal G.
    Crystal G.June 6, 2011
    Shakespeare Improvised is SO FUNNY. The actors are immensely talented. I've been to this show 3 times and it is consistently well worth the ticket price.
  • The History Press
    The History PressApril 15, 2011
    iO was originally called ImprovOlympic, but the founders had to change the name because of complaints from the International Olympic Committee. Read more in CHICAGO COMEDY: A FAIRLY SERIOUS HISTORY. Read more
  • Angie K.
    Angie KApril 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Do Shakespearean improv! Old Style is served in cute mugs so you don't feel as trashy.
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JohnsonMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Loved the Shakespeare Improve!!!!! my stomach almost imploded.. :P
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GravesMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Do yourself a favor: Go see Inkling do the Harold.
  • Jes
    JesFebruary 27, 2011
    Cupid with a Heart On was amazing! Great cast that commits to each and every character!
  • TicketWeb
    TicketWebFebruary 19, 2011
    iO is the home to some legendary improv performers, see the future of comedy today. It's all great, but TJ & Dave and a great Harold get us everytime. TW ♥'s iO Chicago & Charna, Mike, and Jill! Read more
  • melissa m.
    melissa martensFebruary 12, 2011
    See the Shakespeare Improv! It's amazing.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GravesFebruary 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cook County Social Club, Tuesday nights at 8:00. Best improv in town.
  • Drew H.
    Drew HackneyJanuary 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Tuesday nights: Welcome to Your 30s Boys, Stubbs 2: Electric Boogaloo, and Ginger Snaps. Best $5 you ever spent.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CarothersJanuary 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Tuesday night shows rock! Cook County Social Club @ 8pm then The Reckoning @ 10:30pm a must see!
  • Ross G.
    Ross GuthrieDecember 13, 2010
    Both times I have been amazed At the great comedy for the $10! See Felt & be amazed at the Naughty Puppet Behavior.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CooleyNovember 17, 2010
    Reckoning tuesdays @ 10:30 is the greatest
  • Will M.
    Will MannNovember 2, 2010
    Go with friends.
  • Brian P.
    Brian PeterlinOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    See Cupid had a Heart on. Saturday nights at 10:30 pm. Awesome show.
  • Kate
    KateSeptember 12, 2010
    katydids: best show i've seen all summer.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SustaitaJuly 21, 2010
    we enjoyed this week's monday night show - armando diaz experience. purchase tickets early to ensure entry - no cost to purchase by phone!
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 16, 2010
    This is an official Nickelodeon Parents' Picks Award Nominee!Powered by
  • tim l.
    tim lyonsMay 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go see Tim Lyons interning Tuesday nights for the reckoning and cook county social club.
  • Ross W. B.
    Ross W. Berman IVMay 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Any night: cheap shows, good shows
  • P K.
    P KApril 24, 2010
    Improv Shakespeare looks as hard as it sounds, but somehow it works.
  • Katie H.
    Katie HardimanMarch 22, 2010
    Go see Felt on Wednesdays at 8 or Improvised Shakespeare on Fridays at 8. Naughty puppets and Elizabethan sex jokes for under 20 bucks? SCORE!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MoynihanMarch 20, 2010
    Improv Shakespeare was fantastic. These guys are BRILLIANT.
  • Evan
    EvanMarch 17, 2010
    Improv Shakespeare.. Best comedy in Chicago, hands down.
  • Martin K.
    Martin KarolAugust 28, 2009
    Catch TJ & Dave on Wednesday nights.
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