Second City

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Second City
4.5
Comedy Clubs • Theatre & Performances
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The Second City is the world's premiere comedy theatre offering the best in Chicago-style sketch and improv comedy every night of the week and has launched the careers of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and many, many others. First, let’s define a few terms so we’re all on the same page. Sketch comedy is scripted, well-rehearsed scenes that we never, ever call “skits.” (And most of us are mighty touchy about that one. Improv is the unscripted, spontaneous, collaborative art form Second City is famous for. Stand-Up is the classic one-comic-on-stage-with-a-mic-telling-jokes routine. Think Jerry Seinfeld against a brick wall. Typically, any stand-up performances at Second City happen in the UP Comedy Club. A classic Second City revue is made up of original sketches and songs sprinkled with a healthy dose of our world-famous improv. Second City productions are fully written and rehearsed, but no two shows are ever the same.
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2-3 hours
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Nomad664258
10 contributions
Not funny, poor wait staff, but clean restrooms
Nov. 2019
Visited earlier than choices given on the drop down on this site. Pros: Historical location, nice museum area, restrooms exceptionally clean, ticket prices not too high, lines were not long, and we were easily seated in our large family group. Cons: Seating was uncomfortable, it was hard to get served non-alcoholic drinks, and jokes were too political and blase. Won't return.
Written October 31, 2020
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rodolfo p
Saltillo, Mexico39 contributions
Incredible experience
Dec. 2019
I came here to please my wife and expected a mediocre experience, but this was a great surprise! We went to one of their late shows and I haven't laughed so much in years, and the improv at the end was the cherry on the cake. Loved the experience and would highly recommend it.
Written October 7, 2020
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Rachel P
Collinsville, IL675 contributions
Great time!
Mar. 2020 • Friends
Definitely uber here! Traffic was really crazy outside this place. This was a much larger facility than just a comedy club. There are several rooms and several stages. We went to the 11:00 Friday night show which is an Improv show. It was really great! I think one of the best things about this place, besides the very talented comedians, was that there did not appear to be a two drink minimum. It was fun, could sit back relax and have a Lotta laughs with friends. I highly recommend this place!
Written March 15, 2020
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Thanks for the thoughtful review! So much helpful info there. We're glad you had a great time! Come back and see us whenever.
Written March 17, 2020
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Txleener
Frisco, TX21 contributions
So Very Disappointing
Mar. 2020
On our recent trip to Chicago, Second City was what I was looking forward to the MOST. I paid for front row seats, got there early and even bought the t-shirt. SO Excited!
The wait staff was friendly. We expected over-priced drinks, no problem.
But then the show stared. It was 80% not funny. The use of raunchy vulgar language, bitter-sad-radical situations. One of the first skits was about going to get an abortion. Even for all the pro-choice people, what's funny about having an abortion? What's funny about singing "I love to f*ck"10 times in a row at the top of your lungs? What's funny about confusing first graders about gender identity? So many were filled with language and hand gestures instead of wit and improv-filled comedy. I could go on, but you get the point. Very few were laughing in the audience. Even at the break, when I went to bathroom, I looked around the crowd... all were solemn, and didn't look like they were enjoying the night.
There was very few improv moments. Most were scripted. I have seen much funnier improv at local clubs in Boston and DFW.
The purpose of comedy is to LAUGH, get away from problems for an hour. it just reminded us of problems. I was so sad that I held this up as such an important fun event.
Also, if you do decide to go, don't bother paying for a front row seat. Any seat is fine. The front row is too close.
Written March 12, 2020
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Hi Txleener, thanks so much for the feedback. Per Second City tradition, our actors write their own material from their own point of view. We understand that it will not be a hit with everyone. We have so many shows 7 days a week, 364 days a year (as long as a pandemic shut down is not in place!). Come back anytime and try out another show. Thank you!
Written March 17, 2020
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Jeff B
Davenport, IA380 contributions
Laughed so hard my belly hurt
Feb. 2020
We saw Do you Believe in Madness. The "produced/scripted" first act was outstanding. It definitely has a severe liberal slant to it which my neighbors did not enjoy, but I thoroughly enjoyed. Not sure what they thought they were going to get in Chicago. We sat in the railing seats which I highly recommend. Even better than the front row because of access. Wait staff was surprisingly good and kept our beers full. The food actually didn't look too bad, but we already ate. Back to the show. It really was a tale of two shows. Their more produced first act was hysterical. It blew me away, but when they came back for the encore and did more traditional improv it broke down fast. My review is ignoring that part because my wife and I had an amazing evening and I haven't laughed that much in a long time. Second City definitely lives up to its reputation. My other piece of advice is pay close attention to the signs because we stood in the wrong line at first. There are people to help so don't be afraid to ask.
Written March 9, 2020
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Thanks for the great review! We couldn't do what we do without great audience members like you. You're welcome back anytime.
Written March 11, 2020
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J2228
Rothesay, UK6 contributions
A must do when in the city
Feb. 2020 • Couples
This was the first time I have ever been to a comedy show but it was fantastic. The show was called The Best of Second city it was hilarious.
I would definitely recommend
Written March 3, 2020
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Hi J2228! Thanks so much for spending some time with us and the recommendation! We hope to see you again soon. Thank you!
Written March 8, 2020
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Andrea C
Indianapolis, IN20 contributions
Best of Second City
Mar. 2020 • Couples
We saw a Sunday night show with a mix of improv and scripted skits. It was our first time and didn’t know exactly what to expect. We loved it and would definitely go to another show. The tickets were very reasonable($36) for premium rail seats. Honestly there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. They also have service before and during the show which was nice! Drinks were a little pricey, but that was expected.
Written March 2, 2020
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Hi Andrea! We're glad you had a good time. Thank you for spending your Sunday night with us. Come back anytime!
Written March 8, 2020
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patchzdad
Erbil, Iraq182 contributions
Bucket List item for Improv and Sketch Comedy Aficionados
Jan. 2020
A great time and a great cast in a great venue. For those of us who have done our improv in too loud bars or empty theaters, to see Second City with its veritable complex of restaurants, bars, stages, and classrooms, is a bit like visiting Mecca. If you like funny, or care about improv, make a visit to Second City a part of your visit to the Second City.
Written February 14, 2020
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Hi patchzdad! Thank you so much for the loving words. We're so joyful when our guests enjoy themselves. We are a true labyrinth of comedy and happy you made your way through. We hope you make your way to our maze again soon. Thank you!
Written February 16, 2020
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green_eyes1025
Saint Louis, MO39 contributions
Great Improv
Dec. 2019
Friends and I went to Second City to see a Christmas spoof on Hallmark Movies - it was very entertaining - we laughed so much. Our wait staff was also very good and attentive
Written February 12, 2020
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Hi green_eyes1025! Thanks for visiting during the holiday season. We're happy you enjoyed Deck the Hallmark. It was quite the show! We hope to see you here again soon. Thank you!
Written February 16, 2020
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6edith7
Oklahoma473 contributions
Come for the Last Improv.- stay for the after hours Late Night Improv Show
Dec. 2019
We love coming to Second City when we are in town. We always come on a weekend and choose the last show on the main stage. Then, we stay afterwards for the late night improv. It's hillarious and the comedians are spot on with their performances. Just remember, you are sitting extremely close to everyone else. It's very tight quarters, as they try to fit in as many bodies as possible. That's the only downfall. It can be uncomfortable if you have food or a drink. There's no personal space.
Written February 10, 2020
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Hi 6edith7! Thanks for the feedback. Our seating can be quite cozy. We're glad you always have a good time and visit us when you can. We hope the next time won't be too far away. Thank you!
Written February 16, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Second City

Second City is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Mon - Thu 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
  • Sat - Sat 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.