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Top Choice Comedy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Second City

Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and more honed their wit at this slick venue where shows take place nightly. The Mainstage and ETC stage host sketch revues (with an improv scene thrown in); they're similar in…
Top Choice Comedy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

iO Theater

One of Chicago's top-tier improv houses, iO is a bit edgier (and cheaper) than its competition, with four stages hosting bawdy shows nightly. Two bars and a beer garden add to the fun. The Improvised Shakespeare Com…
Comedy in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Annoyance Theatre

A Chicago improv mainstay for more than 25 years, the Annoyance masterminds naughty and absurd shows, often musicals such as Tiny Fascists: A Boy Scout Musical. Performances take place on two stages nightly. Susan M…
Comedy in Lake View & Wrigleyville

CSz Theater

The signature show here is ComedySportz. The gimmick? Two teams compete to make you laugh. The show is totally improvised, with the audience dictating the action. A referee moderates and the wittiest team 'wins' at …
Comedy in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Corn Productions

Though Corn occasionally stages something serious, most of its productions are kitschy and inexpensive. One of its recent draws was Drink!, lampooning college drinking games. The theater is just west of Lake View in…
Comedy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Zanies

This comedy shack has been booking well-known jokesters for more than three decades. The shows last around two hours and usually include the efforts of a couple of up-and-comers before the main act. The ceiling is l…
Comedy in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Laugh Factory Chicago

Newbie comics line up hours in advance for Wednesday's open mike at the Laugh Factory. Such is the cachet of its parent LA club, where everyone from Richard Pryor to Sarah Silverman has tried out jokes. Expect lots …
Comedy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

UP Comedy Club

UP is part of the Second City family and shares the same building, though it has a different entrance. It's a smaller space that hosts more experimental shows. It also adds stand-up acts by well-known touring comedi…