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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
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 4
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieAugust 30
    The main stage show was truly hilarious. I thought it would be funny and a good time overall but I didn't expect to be laughing out load almost constantly. Great show!
  • 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
  • Jim O.
    Jim OrganMay 26
    Very talented although very one-sided politically. I like a more balanced approach on political humor. Otherwise outside of the political messages good show.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    The Second City was voted the Best Intellectual Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in Chicago. #daterschoice Read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kirstie C.
    Amazing show!! Such a cool venue and the ETC stage was very intimate. Will definitely return!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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:
  • 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"
  • Simon K.
    Simon KFebruary 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.'"
  • Bob K.
    Bob KApril 27, 2014
    When in Chicago don't miss it.. Order a pitcher and stay for the improv at the end.
  • 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
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PiresMarch 2, 2014
    The show at Up Comedy was fantastic. Make sure you show early.
  • 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.
  • Tori M.
    Tori MouleMarch 23, 2013
    So funny! I would highly recommend for something to do for a girls night or a date!
  • 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.
  • Steph
    StephMarch 18, 2012
    Improv at its best. Get here early and get in line for a sweet seat.
  • 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
  • Ben G.
    Ben GaspariniOctober 7, 2016
    Very funny and creative. Heavy on the political agenda though and most of those jokes were not creative.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezSeptember 13, 2014
    Great place to go to if you want to spend the night laughing.
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 4, 2010
    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
  • Brent C.
    Brent CaswellJuly 10, 2015
    Get in early so you can get a good seat.
  • Shania L.
    Shania LinJanuary 15, 2012
    get here 45min+ in advance if u want seats closer to the front!
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StoneAugust 2, 2011
    Ask for Amanda Rountree, she is an amazing performer and teacher.
  • Tom A.
    Tom ArmstrongMay 20, 2010
    The show was amazing. The improv after was just as good. Definitely worth the time. Laughed my ass off.
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosOctober 12, 2015
    Loved the Fully Loaded show! Hilarious and talented crew
  • Mark P.
    Mark ParkerFebruary 28, 2015
    Ladies Night was a raucous unapologetic look at the daily bullshit these ladies face on the reg.
  • Fernando U.
    Fernando UribeMarch 4, 2015
    Always a barrel of laughs, a variety of sketches with witty humor.
  • David K.
    David KollerMarch 6, 2016
    The legacy, the talent, and now all the classes. What an institution!!
  • Skip S.
    Skip SuggJanuary 27
    Amazing live talent.
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan McKayJanuary 21, 2014
    One of the best comedy shows I've seen in a long time!
  • Cole T.
    Cole TJune 19
    Historic venue; so many greats have passed through here. Saw a great show and had a Three Floyds beer to boot.
  • J
    JSeptember 4, 2012
    Buy tickets ahead of time! Sellouts are common.
  • Alexander B.
    I took classes there and it was the best time of my life end of story.
  • TopGolf Bear
    TopGolf BearSeptember 28, 2011
    True Story: I auditioned here once; you’d be surprised at how no one appreciates a mime anymore.
  • Jillian B.
    Prices are a little steep but it's still a good time.
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio C2 weeks ago
    The best place for comedy in the city.
  • Dana D.
    Dana DanielleMarch 27, 2013
    " 101 Revue "was surprisingly hilarious! Better than "We are all in this room together"! Drinks are over priced.
  • Yvonne
    YvonneJune 3, 2013
    Will B taking voice over classes here.... I am so excited!!! Squeeeee!!! #MyDreamsAreFinallyBeingRealized. :-)
  • Pattee F.
    Pattee FletcherAugust 23, 2010
    Laff till your stomach hurts. John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd are among famous alums. A Chicago must see!
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddNovember 3, 2015
    Improv all stars was outstanding, made Monday night feel like Friday.
  • Princess S.
    Princess SimmonsSeptember 20, 2013
    Tony Rock was hilarious. Can't wait to c Loni Love
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RojasMay 31, 2015
    Best place ever. My face and throat hurt from laughing.
  • Dilara Sultan
    Dilara SultanSeptember 26, 2010
    Go on line and order your tix in advance. better to watch from the reserved section
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DJuly 6, 2016
    Great talent from the students here!
  • Marcie Q.
    Such an awesome show. Talented and hilarious performers. 🙏🏼👍🏼
  • Diego R.
    Diego ReynosoApril 25, 2015
    Clear to see why some of the best started here
  • Negi A.
    Negi A.November 8, 2012
    Just Fantastic! Mix of music & comedy!
  • Ryan
    RyanDecember 17, 2015
    Fast, loud, and funny was hilarious
  • Dawon H.
    Dawon HawkinsNovember 5, 2012
    Try the comedy, it's great.
  • Mike A.
    Mike AllenMarch 23, 2013
    Bring your own lotion because there isn't any at the tables.
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DabbsApril 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try an improv drop-in class at the Training Center upstairs.
  • Pablo D.
    Pablo DDAugust 18, 2015
    Excellent place and good shows
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 31, 2011
    Even if you know nothing about improv, chances are you've heard of Second City. Read more
  • J A.
    J AugustSeptember 17, 2012
    Get the large drinks = souvenir glass
  • Sejal D.
    Sejal DoshiDecember 24, 2013
    Great drinks and slap stick comedy.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CraigDecember 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Have you tried their comedy? It's delightful.
  • Erica M.
    Erica MMarch 20, 2016
    Go see #Dateme. Hilarious take in Internet dating.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HakimiAugust 17, 2015
    #DateMe is a good show, funny but a little sad.
  • Kara A.
    Kara AraujoApril 21, 2014
    Sit on the floor and you might get pulled up on stage!
  • Kyle P.
    Kyle PendletonJanuary 6, 2011
    Yelp! offers says free cheesecake if you mention you saw it on their app...AWESOME, it's LEGIT!!!
  • Phoebe V.
    Phoebe VenkatJune 24, 2013
    Such fun! What a hardworking ensemble. The Second City > current SNL (easily)
  • Dan
    DanJanuary 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I recommend the comedy. It's funny.
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LeBlancJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Order some food and drinks! Free refills with the souvenir glass!
  • Will L.
    Will LonghiniNovember 9, 2012
    Go check out "We're All in This Room Together." I have never laughed so hard!
  • Jon B.
    Jon BAugust 5, 2011
    South Side of Heaven is a must see - hilarious!
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
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    paipoiJuly 9, 2015
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