The Second City

1616 N Wells St (btwn Concord Ln. & North Ave.), Chicago, IL 60614
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    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 2:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 2:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 5:00 PM–8:00 PM
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  • "... Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and others, this legendary comedy club now boasts." (2 tips)
  • "So funny! Go see a improv show, order a drink for 19.95 so you can keep..." (2 tips)
  • "Chicago: A training ground for the likes of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and others, this..." (2 tips)
  • IFC

    Chicago: A training ground for the likes of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and others, this legendary comedy club now boasts -IFC Staff

    IFC · July 6, 2010
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  • Explore Chicago

    The world famous Second City, launched the careers of numerous SNL alumni, such improv greats as John Belushi, Bill Murray, Steve Carell, and Tina Fey.

    Explore Chicago · September 20, 2011
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  • Showtime Network

    If you’re up for laughs, you must stop into Second City. It’s one of the best comedy clubs in the country and always a fun night. - Nikki

    Showtime Network · June 4, 2010
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  • Time Out Chicago

    Even if you know nothing about improv, chances are you've heard of Second City. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · October 31, 2011
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  • Travel Channel

    I performed improv on stage and I was so nervous. I think I held my own, but I won’t be going on Second City’s professional stage anytime soon. Instead, I’ll let them do all the work. – Samantha Brown Read more

    Travel Channel · December 7, 2010
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  • Victoria's Secret

    This Chicago staple has launched the careers of many famous, funny celebs. Besides, a sense of humor is sexy, and Bombshells love a good laugh!

    Victoria's Secret · May 9, 2011
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  • Anthony L.

    Order some food and drinks! Free refills with the souvenir glass!

    Anthony L. · July 15, 2010
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  • Dilara Sultan

    Go on line and order your tix in advance. better to watch from the reserved section

    Dilara Sultan · September 26, 2010
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  • Kathleen F.

    Go to Second City and laugh yourself silly - improve at it's best

    Kathleen F. · July 26, 2009
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  • Jeff R.

    Reality is funnier than fiction and unintentional comedy is the best kind of comedy. These performers demonstrate just those things with their brilliant comedic skills!

    Jeff R. · August 28, 2010
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  • Marie P.

    The improv classes are a great way to learn about team work and meet some great people.

    Marie P. · November 18, 2009
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  • Julia S.

    Everyone should see Second City at least once. It is one of the best sketch comedy venues in the country. Go to Adobo for margaritas and dinner beforehand.

    Julia S. · October 11, 2011
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  • Paul V.

    Go see the FREE Improv Set after most shows, you never know who is going to show up and play with the cast! Read more

    Paul V. · February 26, 2010
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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 D. · March 27, 2013
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  • Annie

    The new show "Spoiler Alert" - hilarious! Maybe the best SC show I've seen yet.

    Annie · August 1, 2010
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  • Mike K.

    Catch an improv show here or take a class...either way, well worth it.

    Mike K. · March 23, 2010
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  • Katie L.

    Order Mike's Hard Lemonade for $4 and get strange looks from the waiter all night long...

    Katie L. · January 21, 2010
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  • Angie M.

    50 years as a Comedy Giant.

    Angie M. · December 19, 2009
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  • Will L.

    Go check out "We're All in This Room Together." I have never laughed so hard!

    Will L. · November 9, 2012
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  • Time Out Chicago

    Even if you know nothing about improv, chances are you've heard of Second City.

    Time Out Chicago · October 20, 2011
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  • Thompson Hotels

    Our concierge Samantha at Sax Chicago says, "You *will* laugh at Second City. It's twisted, in a good way. Don’t miss 'South Side of Heaven.'"

    Thompson Hotels · June 20, 2011
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  • Vincent C.

    Stay for the improv!

    Vincent C. · April 24, 2011
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  • Tom A.

    The show was amazing. The improv after was just as good. Definitely worth the time. Laughed my ass off.

    Tom A. · May 20, 2010
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  • @jenwalsh

    Go here to watch Taming of the Flu. Great show!

    @jenwalsh · January 28, 2010
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  • Jordan K.

    If your visiting the city, Second City is a must see! So many famous comedians have checked in and out of Second City! Small theater & atmosphere makes for a personal comedic experience

    Jordan K. · December 25, 2009
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  • April R.

    My favorite place in Chicago hands down.

    April R. · December 1, 2009
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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 P. · October 12, 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 A. · June 27, 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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  • Mike A.

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

    Mike A. · March 23, 2013
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  • DJ RuffRyd /.

    Unless you really want the souvenir glass, save your money. The free refills are hard to come by if you never see your server again until the end of the show.

    DJ RuffRyd /. · January 15, 2013
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  • Travel + Leisure

    Shows are general admission, so arrive early and grab a seat at one of the tables in front of the stage or by the railing on the second level. Read more

    Travel + Leisure · May 29, 2012
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  • Renaissance Hotels

    Few know that seat are first-come first-serve here — show up 30 minutes early for great seats at the main stage. For more local tips, follow us on 4sq or check out www.renhotels.com.

    Renaissance Hotels · May 22, 2012
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  • Jennifer S.

    If you purchase the tickets on-site, you won't incur the ridiculous transaction fee from ordering them online. But, you'll need to purchase days ahead of time, as the shows will sell out.

    Jennifer S. · March 21, 2012
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  • TopGolf Bear

    True Story: I auditioned here once; you’d be surprised at how no one appreciates a mime anymore.

    TopGolf Bear · September 28, 2011
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  • Howard B.

    been coming here for 25 years and the shows are always side splitting. for best seats get here early and sit on the "rail"

    Howard B. · December 27, 2010
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  • Jessica P.

    Was my first time there...saw Spoiler Alert...was pretty hillarious.

    Jessica P. · September 8, 2010
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  • Rakshat

    Team Tenderness from Behind .... Rocks!

    Rakshat · July 3, 2010
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  • Megan K.

    "The Absolute Best Friggin Time of Your Life" totally lives up to it's name!

    Megan K. · April 30, 2010
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  • Jeremy D.

    Tuesdays, 10:30 - 7 days shorts! Videos and improv. Check it out!

    Jeremy D. · March 17, 2010
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  • Matthew P.

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

    Matthew P. · March 2
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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
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  • Kaitlyn C.

    Awesome show! Definitely would go back again.

    Kaitlyn C. · February 17
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  • Jordan M.

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

    Jordan M. · January 21
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  • Dan

    I recommend the comedy. It's funny.

    Dan · January 18
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  • Sejal D.

    Great drinks and slap stick comedy.

    Sejal D. · December 24, 2013
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  • Eric S.

    Comedy. See it. Comedy.

    Eric S. · December 23, 2013
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  • Dan C.

    Have you tried their comedy? It's delightful.

    Dan C. · December 9, 2013
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  • Rockwell H.

    We loved a Clowncar Named Desire.

    Rockwell H. · November 23, 2013
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  • L H.

    1. Find out what Mary Sohn is in 2. Go see it 3. ???? 4. Profit

    L H. · August 16, 2011
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