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America's Best Comedy Clubs: The Second City

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The Second City, Chicago

Comedy and Chicago go hand in hand thanks to The Second City. From its December 1959 opening in Old Town, it’s been the benchmark for improv as we know it—and a rite of passage for aspiring comics. John Belushi and Gilda Radner cut their teeth here, and veteran alumni like Tina Fey still grace the stage today. Although the brand has expanded with touring ensembles and training centers in Toronto and Hollywood, experiencing the cutting edge of sketch comedy on its original cabaret stage can’t be beat.

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