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- 98%Local Culture
- 75%Nightlife Lovers
- 59%Adventure Travelers
- 58%Family Travelers
Member Reviews (43)
- Second CityMar 03, 2014
If you like improv, you can't go wrong with The Second City--in fact, a bunch of SNL actors got there start with the company. The show lasts about two hours and focuses on political and social satire with help from the audience. Be sure to buy tix in advance--they usually sellout a week or two before each show.
- Second CityMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersFeb 28, 2014
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.Recommended for:Nightlife Lovers
- Second CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 03, 2013
Probably the most famous comedy club in America. The food is terrible and the seats could be more comfortable but this is probably THE place to go for Improv.
- Second CityOct 20, 2013
Second City is hands-down my favorite thing to do in Chicago. On any given day, they have 2-3 different sketch comedy shows nightly, each with a quirky theme that pokes fun at timely topics like US politics or online dating. The actors are roll-on-the-floor funny (many famous SNL actors rose up from Second City), and the sketches are often very memorable and still worth laughing about weeks later. Even if you've seen one of their shows before, you can still go again -- they change the themes about every 6 months to keep things fresh. Can't say enough good things!
- Second CityMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Aug 15, 2013
Second City is now more than just a theater, but it originated in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood in 1959. The enterprise has expanded to several other cities, including Toronto and Los Angeles, has produced television programs in both the United States and Canada including SCTV, Second City Presents, and Next Comedy Legend. Second City has been a starting point for numerous well know comedians, award winning actors, directors, and others in show business. The program lists notable alumni including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and more recently, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
A trip to watch a Second City performance seemed like a great opportunity for a fun night and perhaps a chance to watch a future show business star.
We ordered our tickets online. We arrived about 45 minutes before the show was to start in order to pick up our tickets and get seats. There is only general admission, no reserved seats.
The website and ticket information explained that the show was cabaret style with four to six people seated at a table. It turns out that is not entirely correct. The two of us were seated with a small table between us. Some others were seated at bigger tables of six but those who arrived later had no table at all. The seats are close together, not quite like a dinner theater set up. As we wanted to take advantage of the alcohol and appetizer menu, we were glad we arrived early enough to get a table. The theater has servers to take orders for alcohol and food. We had eaten a late lunch so the menu of appetizers, pizza and paninis suited us for a light supper.
The venue is rather small which made it feel more intimate and casual. We were seated two rows from the stage so got a very good view of the performers.Recommended for:Local Culture
- Second CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Jul 10, 2013
Home to improv comedy in Chicago and the starting point for many famous comedians of the past 3 decades, Second City provides a great place to develop your comic skills while making people laugh. You never know what kind of entertainment your going to get when you go.
- Second CityMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersMay 06, 2013
Chicago is famous for its improv comedy clubs, and Second City is the best of the best. Tons of SNL cast members have gotten their start here over the years, and you're guaranteed to have an evening of hearty laughter. Just make sure you reserve tickets in advance.