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The Second City

The Second City

Comedy Club
Old Town Triangle, Chicago
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  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    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
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    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
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ChungOctober 8, 2013
    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)
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiOctober 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Chicago Cultural Alliance
    Chicago Cultural AllianceSeptember 17, 2012
    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.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureMay 29, 2012
    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
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer StraubMarch 21, 2012
    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.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28, 2016
    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
  • Lawrence M.
    Lawrence MillerMarch 13, 2013
    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!
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    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
  • Jenny P.
    Jenny PollockJuly 7, 2013
    A must do for anyone visiting Chicago. The main stage shows are always good! Be ready for pricy drinks, but they are strong!
  • Ashley
    AshleyJanuary 21, 2013
    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.
  • Annie H.
    Annie HildebrandMarch 29, 2015
    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.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureFebruary 21, 2014
    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.
  • Kellen T.
    Kellen TerrettAugust 8, 2014
    Classic for a reason. Every show adds something new to the long list of amazing pieces the building has produced.
  • Julia S.
    Julia StylesOctober 11, 2011
    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.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    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.
  • Philly Improv Theater
    Philly Improv TheaterSeptember 23, 2014
    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.
  • Katey C.
    Katey CosperJuly 6, 2015
    Great atmosphere, great shows, great beer options during the show with servers to get you food & drink
  • Jinna W.
    Jinna WJanuary 27, 2015
    Great show! Whatever you do, don‘t check your coat it takes so long since there's only one guy working at coat check
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley StarkNovember 2, 2015
    Great time out. Probably more fun with a large group of friends because seating in the floor area is very tight.
  • Chase J.
    Chase JJuly 31, 2013
    Try the Drink: Chicago River its like a Long Island Ice Tea on steroids. Then sit back and enjoy the show!
  • Carol P.
    Carol PhillipsMarch 12, 2010
    "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.
  • Howard B.
    Howard BergDecember 27, 2010
    been coming here for 25 years and the shows are always side splitting. for best seats get here early and sit on the "rail"
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsMay 22, 2012
    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.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneFebruary 7, 2012
    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: http://trib.in/cR4ZBm
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 20, 2011
    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.'"
  • American A.
    American AirlinesJune 27, 2013
    Open since 1959, Second City has offered the best in improv comedy for years. Be ready: you might get the chance to participate!
  • VegNews Magazine
    VegNews MagazineOctober 30, 2012
    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.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KnaggsFebruary 24, 2015
    Great sketch based evening, some hit, some miss. As a Brit it surprised me how much casual racism there was in the show.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissFebruary 27, 2015
    $12 tickets for great Sketch comedy with no minimum drink orders, at the comedy spot that half of SNL came from.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RinggenbergAugust 28, 2010
    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!
  • Alan C.
    Alan CordovaNovember 11, 2010
    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.
  • DJ RuffRyd /.
    DJ RuffRyd / Hardy BoiiJanuary 15, 2013
    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.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoSeptember 20, 2011
    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.
  • GFour P.
    GFour ProductionsApril 19, 2012
    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
  • Bob K.
    Bob KApril 27, 2014
    When in Chicago don't miss it.. Order a pitcher and stay for the improv at the end.
  • Nikki K.
    Nikki KanterJanuary 28, 2012
    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.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PiresMarch 2, 2014
    The show at Up Comedy was fantastic. Make sure you show early.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelDecember 7, 2010
    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
  • Tori M.
    Tori MouleMarch 23, 2013
    So funny! I would highly recommend for something to do for a girls night or a date!
  • Ben G.
    Ben GaspariniOctober 7, 2016
    Very funny and creative. Heavy on the political agenda though and most of those jokes were not creative.
  • Steph
    StephMarch 18, 2012
    Improv at its best. Get here early and get in line for a sweet seat.
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2010
    Chicago: A training ground for the likes of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and others, this legendary comedy club now boasts -IFC Staff
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SchefferOctober 15, 2013
    The Best of Second City is the perfect chance to see the soon be celebrities in their grassroots element.
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KDecember 25, 2009
    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
  • Kaitlyn C.
    Kaitlyn CurrieFebruary 17, 2014
    Awesome show! Definitely would go back again.
  • Portlandia
    PortlandiaJuly 27, 2011
    A training ground for the likes of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and others, this legendary comedy club now boasts.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StoneAugust 2, 2011
    Ask for Amanda Rountree, she is an amazing performer and teacher.
  • Shania L.
    Shania LinJanuary 15, 2012
    get here 45min+ in advance if u want seats closer to the front!
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