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The Second City

1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL, 60614, United States
TEL: (312) 664-3959

Founded in 1959 by Alan Arkin and several cohorts, this comedic theater company has been the training ground for the likes of John Belushi, Mike Myers, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, and many others. Comedians perform sketches and improvisational routines daily on two stages (e.t.c. and Mainstage), and cover topics including (but not limited to) sex, marriage, race, and current events. Warning: if you’re easily offended, you may want to avoid the late-night shows; they get more risqué as the evening progresses.

Insider Tip:

Shows are general admission, so arrive early and grab a seat at one of the tables in front of the stage or by the second level’s railing.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Comedy Club
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Improv

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