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Birthplace of improv

The Second City

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Why locals love it

You're guaranteed to have an evening of laughter. You can get drinks, order food, and enjoy a hilarious stand up show or an improv comedy show. Locals enjoy coming here for a nice sophisticated and fun Friday evening, or when big acts come into town to perform.

Why you should visit it

This is where many of the most famous comedians had their start. Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and Amy Poehler, just to name a few. Chicago is also the birthplace of modern improv comedy. You'll have great laughs, enjoy drinks, and get involved with the show if you're seeing an improve show. Definitely a must visit.

Special tip

Book early, the shows are popular! You can walk from the Sedgwick train stop. Old Town, Lincoln Park Zoo, and the lakeshore are all walking distance.

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Although this seems touristy, you will never be disappointed. There's so much comedic history and you will always leave with a smile.
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February 18, 2020
Home of some of the original SNL Not Ready for Prime Time players. Nothing else to say!
October 2, 2019
When I google Improv Comedy club, it shows me on the map that it is at North west transportation center, but you describe that it is somewhere else at The second city, close to Lincoln park? I am confused. Can you help out?
May 31, 2019
Fun place
May 23, 2018
Can you add a website please? Just to make sure as I am more confused now as there is also an iO theater....
May 31, 2019
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