The Second City

The Second City

Comedy Club
1616 N Wells St (btwn Concord Ln. & North Ave.), Chicago, IL 60614, United States
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  • Today
    • 3:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Tue–Wed
    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 7:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 3:00 PM–1:00 AM
Reservations:
Yes
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
9.5/10

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    Julia S.
    "It is one of the best sketch comedy venues in the country."(3 Tips)
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    "such improv greats as John Belushi"(3 Tips)
    Jessica S.
    "Ask for Amanda Rountree, she is an amazing performer and teacher."(5 Tips)
    Marie P.
    "improv classes"(4 Tips)
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  • Kris S.

    Don't forget to order guacamole with the burger! Worth the extra 60 cents!

    Kris Sundet · 1 week ago
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  • Vera B.

    I absolutely love you The Second City! Check out Freebie today! Read more

    Vera Bowman · 2 weeks ago
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  • Tanya R.

    Best place ever. My face and throat hurt from laughing.

    Tanya Rojas · May 31
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  • Wynne J.

    Hey The Second City, you should join Freebie! The benefits are amazing for both you and me. Read more

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  • Diego R.

    Clear to see why some of the best started here

    Diego Reynoso · April 25
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  • Meagan K.

    Had a blast! Was hilarious!!

    Meagan Kroon · April 19
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  • Annie H.

    Game Night is a really fun, participation-heavy game. Get there early to get good seats so you have a better chance of getting on stage. Or pay the $10 extra for premium seats.

    Annie Hildebrand · March 29
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  • Fernando U.

    Always a barrel of laughs, a variety of sketches with witty humor.

    Fernando Uribe · March 4
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  • Mark P.

    Ladies Night was a raucous unapologetic look at the daily bullshit these ladies face on the reg.

    Mark Parker · February 28
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  • Noah W.

    $12 tickets for great Sketch comedy with no minimum drink orders, at the comedy spot that half of SNL came from.

    Noah Weiss · February 27
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  • Simon K.

    Great sketch based evening, some hit, some miss. As a Brit it surprised me how much casual racism there was in the show.

    Simon Knaggs · February 24
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  • Mark S.

    The show of course

    Mark Stefko · February 23
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  • Mark S.

    Drank and saw an awesome show at this improv playhouse.

    Mark Stefko · February 23
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  • Brian R.

    Very funny

    Brian Rydz · February 8
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  • Jinna W.

    Great show! Whatever you do, don‘t check your coat it takes so long since there's only one guy working at coat check

    Jinna W · January 27
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  • Philly Improv Theater

    This is a comedy mecca! Make sure you take the time to look at photos of old cast members - you will see A LOT of famous faces.

    Philly Improv Theater · September 23, 2014
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  • Anamaria H.

    Great place to go to if you want to spend the night laughing.

    Anamaria Hernandez · September 13, 2014
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  • Janie S.

    Place of legends

    Janie S · September 2, 2014
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  • Kellen T.

    Classic for a reason. Every show adds something new to the long list of amazing pieces the building has produced.

    Kellen Terrett · August 8, 2014
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  • CNN

    Name almost any SNL breakout star -- John Belushi, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler -- and chances are he or she served a stint at Chicago's Second City. Read more

    CNN · August 6, 2014
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  • AFAR Media

    Get there early as space is often tight, and peruse the portraits in the lobby of the Second City alumni (and now celebrities) from before they were made famous on the big screen. Read more

    AFAR Media · August 4, 2014
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  • Redeye Chicago

    You can hit the box office for tickets for a future show or just revel in the collective comedic talent that's performed here over the years, from Dan Aykroyd to Tina Fey to Amy Sedaris. Read more

    Redeye Chicago · August 3, 2014
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  • Bob K.

    When in Chicago don't miss it.. Order a pitcher and stay for the improv at the end.

    Bob K · April 27, 2014
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  • Kara A.

    Sit on the floor and you might get pulled up on stage!

    Kara Araujo · April 21, 2014
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  • Matthew P.

    The show at Up Comedy was fantastic. Make sure you show early.

    Matthew Pires · March 2, 2014
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  • Travel + Leisure

    The 54-year-old sketch comedy club has been turning out A-list stars—Tina Fey; Steve Carell; Stephen Colbert—for more than 50 years, and is still the place to catch fledgling writers and actors.

    Travel + Leisure · February 21, 2014
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  • Kaitlyn C.

    Awesome show! Definitely would go back again.

    Kaitlyn Currie · February 17, 2014
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  • Jordan M.

    One of the best comedy shows I've seen in a long time!

    Jordan McKay · January 21, 2014
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  • Dan

    I recommend the comedy. It's funny.

    Dan · January 18, 2014
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  • Sejal D.

    Great drinks and slap stick comedy.

    Sejal Doshi · December 24, 2013
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  • Eric S.

    Comedy. See it. Comedy.

    Eric Sandine · December 23, 2013
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  • Dan C.

    Have you tried their comedy? It's delightful.

    Dan Craig · December 9, 2013
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  • Rockwell H.

    We loved a Clowncar Named Desire.

    Rockwell Hunter · November 23, 2013
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  • Andy S.

    The Best of Second City is the perfect chance to see the soon be celebrities in their grassroots element.

    Andy Scheffer · October 15, 2013
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  • Emily P.

    Dear second city, I'm drunk and would like to drink more. Unfortunately you guys suck at taking drink orders. Sincerely a would be paying drink customer

    Emily Peg · October 12, 2013
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  • Tiffany C.

    Get there early for a good seat! They pull audience from the front for impromptu acts! Definitely a good time! Show lasted about 2.5 hours! (The best of second city)

    Tiffany Chung · October 8, 2013
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  • Princess S.

    Tony Rock was hilarious. Can't wait to c Loni Love

    Princess Simmons · September 20, 2013
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  • Mary G.

    a must for any trip to chicago! laughed and laughed!

    Mary Goodwin · August 25, 2013
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  • Chase J.

    Try the Drink: Chicago River its like a Long Island Ice Tea on steroids. Then sit back and enjoy the show!

    Chase J · July 31, 2013
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  • Jenny P.

    A must do for anyone visiting Chicago. The main stage shows are always good! Be ready for pricy drinks, but they are strong!

    Jenny Pollock · July 7, 2013
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  • American A.

    Open since 1959, Second City has offered the best in improv comedy for years. Be ready: you might get the chance to participate!

    American Airlines · June 27, 2013
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  • Phoebe V.

    Such fun! What a hardworking ensemble. The Second City > current SNL (easily)

    Phoebe Venkat · June 24, 2013
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  • Yvonne

    Will B taking voice over classes here.... I am so excited!!! Squeeeee!!! #MyDreamsAreFinallyBeingRealized. :-)

    Yvonne · June 3, 2013
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  • London P.

    An amazing show!

    London Paige · May 17, 2013
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  • Dana D.

    " 101 Revue "was surprisingly hilarious! Better than "We are all in this room together"! Drinks are over priced.

    Dana Danielle · March 27, 2013
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  • Mike A.

    Bring your own lotion because there isn't any at the tables.

    Mike Allen · March 23, 2013
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  • Tori M.

    So funny! I would highly recommend for something to do for a girls night or a date!

    Tori Moule · March 23, 2013
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  • Lawrence M.

    I have been to The Second City about five times over 20 years. This was probably the best performance ever. My sides hurt from laughter!

    Lawrence Miller · March 13, 2013
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  • Nicholas T.

    Phone bookings are cheaper than using the Internet.

    Nicholas Tam · January 22, 2013
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  • Ashley

    So funny! Go see a improv show, order a drink for 19.95 so you can keep the glass. And be prepared to possibly get on stage or yell out suggestions.

    Ashley · January 21, 2013
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