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The Second City

The Second City

Comedy Club · Old Town Triangle
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–Tue
    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Wed–Thu
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 7:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 3:00 PM–1:00 AM

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    Fernando U.
    "Always a barrel of laughs, a variety of sketches with witty humor."(14 Tips)
    Jon B.
    "South Side of Heaven is a must see - hilarious!"(8 Tips)
    Explore Chicago
    "such improv greats as John Belushi"(4 Tips)
    "... the likes of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and others, this legendary..."(4 Tips)
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  • Fodor's Travel
    An institution since 1959, Second City has served as a launching pad for some of the hottest comedians around. Alumni include Dan Aykroyd, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and the late John Belushi. Read more
    Fodor's Travel · January 28
  • Carol P.
    "The Taming of the Flu" is sidesplitter funny. The current cast of six lives up to the high SC standards. I'd go ahead. Tickets just $27 but drinks and t-shirts can get pricey. Love Bicycle cops skit.
    Carol Phillips · March 12, 2010
  • 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
  • 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 Straub · March 21, 2012
  • 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
  • Chicago Cultural Alliance
    The facade is a 4 terra cotta busts from the original Shiller Theater depicting famous German figures: Giacomo Meyerbeer, Fritz Reuter, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.
    Chicago Cultural Alliance · September 17, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nikki K.
    Little disappointed the cast was telling jokes a year old. Trust me, it's not hard to adapt jokes to make them current. Comics do it all the time and it is even easier with a cast to brainstorm.
    Nikki Kanter · January 28, 2012
  • 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, 2015
  • Allison K.
    I love the main stage shows. They test out material after the show so you get an extra half hour of laughs!!! So much history!! You won't stop laughing
    Allison Kaminski · October 15, 2015
  • 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
  • Meara D.
    I went to the e.t.c stage and saw a show. Was pretty much high school talent show level jokes. If you like touristy Chicago humor this is right up your alley.
    Meara Dailey · March 26
  • 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 Ringgenberg · August 28, 2010
  • 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 Styles · October 11, 2011
  • 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
  • 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 / Hardy Boii · January 15, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • VegNews Magazine
    Why not finish the night bent over laughing at this famous comedy club where Tina Fey, Chris Farley, and Bill Murray all got started? The renowned house of comedy provides first-class entertainment.
    VegNews Magazine · October 30, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Renaissance Hotels · May 22, 2012
  • 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
  • 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, 2015
  • Fodor's Travel
    Known for sending numerous comedic actors along to successful careers at Saturday Night Live and beyond, you can get all the laughs you want without paying for a ticket.
    Fodor's Travel · August 21, 2015
  • 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
  • Alan C.
    If you're with friends on a popular night, get there early; while it's one of the bigger comedy clubs, good seats go quickly.
    Alan Cordova · November 11, 2010
  • 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 Berg · December 27, 2010
  • Chicago Tribune
    Thursdays at 6 p.m.: Chicago Live!, a weekly stage and radio show produced by Chicago Tribune with The Second City. Hosted by Chicago Tribune's Rick Kogan. Tickets, podcasts:
    Chicago Tribune · February 7, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • Katey C.
    Great atmosphere, great shows, great beer options during the show with servers to get you food & drink
    Katey Cosper · July 6, 2015
  • Ashley S.
    Great time out. Probably more fun with a large group of friends because seating in the floor area is very tight.
    Ashley Stark · November 2, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • GFour P.
    Motherhood the Musical is playing down the street at the Royal George Theatre. Use the code OTB5 for $5 off your ticket at the box office or online
    GFour Productions · April 19, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tom A.
    The show was amazing. The improv after was just as good. Definitely worth the time. Laughed my ass off.
    Tom Armstrong · May 20, 2010
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • Portlandia
    A training ground for the likes of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and others, this legendary comedy club now boasts.
    Portlandia · July 27, 2011
  • Dilara Sultan
    Go on line and order your tix in advance. better to watch from the reserved section
    Dilara Sultan · September 26, 2010
  • 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
  • Steph
    Improv at its best. Get here early and get in line for a sweet seat.
    Steph · March 18, 2012
  • 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
  • Pattee F.
    Laff till your stomach hurts. John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd are among famous alums. A Chicago must see!
    Pattee Fletcher · August 23, 2010

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