The Second City

The Second City

1616 N Wells St (btwn Concord Ln. & North Ave.), Chicago, IL 60614, United States
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    • 3:00 PM–1:00 AM
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    • 3:00 PM–10:00 PM
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    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
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    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
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    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
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    • 7:00 PM–Midnight
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dilara Sultan

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

    Dilara Sultan · September 26, 2010
  • Anthony L.

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

    Anthony LeBlanc · July 15, 2010
  • Kathleen F.

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

    Kathleen Forden · July 26, 2009
  • 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
  • Marie P.

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

    Marie Pavlich · November 18, 2009
  • 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 Vato · February 26, 2010
  • 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
  • Annie L.

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

    Annie Larimer · August 1, 2010
  • Katie L.

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

    Katie Lowes · January 21, 2010
  • Angie M.

    50 years as a Comedy Giant.

    Angie McMahon · December 19, 2009
  • Will L.

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

    Will Longhini · November 9, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

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

    Time Out Chicago · October 20, 2011
  • 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
  • Vincent C.

    Stay for the improv!

    Vincent Colombo · April 24, 2011
  • 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
  • @jenwalsh

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

    @jenwalsh · January 28, 2010
  • 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
  • April R.

    My favorite place in Chicago hands down.

    April Rueber · December 1, 2009
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Yvonne

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

    Yvonne · June 3, 2013
  • Mike A.

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

    Mike Allen · March 23, 2013
  • Nicholas T.

    Phone bookings are cheaper than using the Internet.

    Nicholas Tam · January 22, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jessica P.

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

    Jessica Pelasky · September 8, 2010
  • Rakshat

    Team Tenderness from Behind .... Rocks!

    Rakshat · July 3, 2010
  • Megan K.

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

    Megan Kelleher · April 30, 2010
  • Jeremy D.

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

    Jeremy D. · March 17, 2010
  • Fernando U.

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

    Fernando Uribe · 3 weeks ago
  • Mark P.

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

    Mark Parker · February 28
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mark S.

    The show of course

    Mark Stefko · February 23
  • Mark S.

    Drank and saw an awesome show at this improv playhouse.

    Mark Stefko · February 23
  • L H.

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

    L Hess · August 16, 2011

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