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Second City

View Map1616 N. Wells St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 337-3992
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Editorial Review of Second City

Seminal comedy troupe named after Chicago's inferiority complex spawned the definitive Saturday Night Live cast, as well as clubs in Toronto & Detroit, and elsewhere in the Chicago area (including the next-door Second City ETC). Alumni include Dan Ackroyd, Alan Alda, John Belushi, John Candy, Chris Farley, Shelly Long, Gilda Radner, Martin Short, George Wendt, and even the voice of Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta).

The comedy revues (there have been ninety-some on the mainstage) skewer politicians and pop culture, mixing pre-honed stuff with a few bits of improv. The stale sketch-blackout-sketch format has been loosened considerably, regaining the city's comic crown. Tickets range from $12-$19.50; you'll be hustled for food and drink before and during the show. The cast improvs post-show every night but Friday, which you can stay and watch for free...Or show up (free!) just for the improv...

Second City also offers classes for students ranging from novice to experienced in its Training Center.

Centerstage's Tips

Before the show, enjoy another Chicago classic with ribs at Twin Anchors. (Those less carnivorous might enjoy Perennial.)

After the curtain falls, head over to Old Town Ale House; you'll likely see a performer or two there before long.

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Hours

8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday.

Directions to Second City

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