skip to main navigation
News & Events
  • Aug 19 2014

    Shop Old Town’s Shop Wells Showcase

    We love our Old Town neighborhood and all that thrives within it. Please join us this weekend and get your shop on at the Shop Wells Showcase, this Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th. A bunch of boutiques are participating and have great deals and discounts available!

    Adelaide Boutique | 1704 N. Wells Street
    30% off of new Fall merchandise + a gift with purchase!

    Luxury Garage Sale | 1658 N. Wells Street
    Sip and shop with complimentary mimosas!

     Handle With Care | 1706 N. Wells Street
    Sale up to 70% off + 15% off all full-priced merchandise!

    Mercy Beaucoup | 1545 N. Wells Street
    10% off full-priced merchandise + sale merchandise up to 75% off!

    Sara Jane | 1343 N. Wells Street
    Additional 40%-off sale + $25 gift card for purchases of $100 or more.

    8/19/2014 Comments (0)
  • Aug 19 2014

    Remembering Fred Kaz, the "Captain of Cool"

    Please join us in Chicago to celebrate the life of the inimitable Fred Kaz, an extraordinary man who touched and influenced the lives of so many. The Second City is presenting a Celebration of Life for Fred at UP Comedy Club on Tuesday, September 30th. A reception with light appetizers and beverages will take place from 6:00-7:00pm with the service from 7:00-9:00pm.

    We hope you can join us. Please click here to RSVP.

    UP Comedy Club
    230 W. North Avenue (inside Piper's Alley)
    3rd Floor
    Chicago, Illinois 60614

    Click here for directions or additional location information

    8/19/2014 Comments (0)
  • Aug 16 2014

    Air & Water Show This Weekend in Chicago

    The Chicago Air & Water Show returns to the lakefront Saturday, August 16 - Sunday, August 17. If you're coming to the theater this weekend, come a little early to check out the show. Click here for more information. The Air & Water show tends to draw big crowds. You may want to consider taking public transportation or grabbing a taxi if you're not within walking distance. Google Maps has a great public transportation feature if you're not sure which train or bus to catch. Click here to find your route.

    8/16/2014 Comments (0)
  • Aug 11 2014

    The Comedy World Lost A Legend Today: Robin Williams

    "We are deeply saddened to learn of Robin Williams' death. He was an enormously talented performer and a good friend of The Second City. On several occasions we had an opportunity to perform with him and it was always a pleasure. In the late 70's, Robin and Martin Short spent a week on The Second City stage doing the most extraordinary improvising I have ever witnessed. He also was superb as a guest on SCTV. Our thoughts are with his friends and family."

    - Andrew Alexander, CEO & Executive Producer, The Second City

    8/11/2014 Comments (0)
  • Aug 11 2014

    SC Alum, Christina Anthony, Lands Role in "Found" Off-Broadway

    Found features a book by Tony Award nominee Hunter Bell ([title of show]) and Lee Overtree and original music and lyrics by Eli Bolin.

    The ensemble cast of ten includes Christina Anthony ("The Second City," "Key & Peele"), Nick Blaemire(Godspell, Glory Days), Andrew Call (Rock of Ages, American Idiot),Daniel Everidge (Grease, Fat Camp), Orville Mendoza (Peter and the Starcatcher, Pacific Overtures), Betsy Morgan (Les Misérables, A Little Night Music), Molly Pope (Molly Pope, Okay?; Introducing Molly Pope), Danny Pudi ("Community," "Gilmore Girls"), Sandy Rustin (Rated P [for parenthood], Modern Orthodox) and Barrett Wilbert Weed (Bare, Heathers).

    "Found is an original musical based on scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been 'found' in the real world by every-day people," press notes state. "Inspired by actual events, the show follows Davy (Blaemire) who, along with his two best friends, is lost and broke. When he finds a strangely revealing note on his windshield meant for someone else, it sparks an outlandish idea that finds him and his compatriots on a wild, comedic journey. This raucous and insightful new musical tells a story of ambition, betrayal and loyalty while celebrating the weirdness in all of us."

    For the full article, click here.

    8/11/2014 Comments (0)
  • Aug 8 2014

    Enjoy the Seward Park Jazz Fest in Old Town

    Come out and enjoy this year's Jazz in the Park. Located in the beautiful Seward Park that has grown in Community and Residents with live Jazz and Food. Feel free to bring your Family and Friends to enjoy this year's Free Concert Series, hosted by Near North Unity Program. (Held every other Friday from June thru August.)

    Jazz begins at 6:30 pm in Seward Park, 364 W. Elm.  Prior to the jazz music beginning, at 4:30pm, Old Town Merchants and Residents Association, Near North Unity Program, and Old Town Triangle Association, in conjunction with Redmoon, will be hosting an event featuring grilling, music and a photobooth.

    Additional talents include The Jesse White Tumbling Team!  Come on out for both events, you are guaranteed a great summer evening!

    More details here:

    8/8/2014 Comments (0)
  • Aug 1 2014

    Second City Alumnus, Jackie Hoffman, to star in Broadway revival of On the Town

    Hairspray star and SC alum, Jackie Hoffman, has been cast as Madame Dilly in the Broadway revival of On the Town. The show, which is being produced by Howard and Janet Kagan, will reach its 70th anniversary with this production. Not only does it have a talented cast, but set design and costume design are led by Tony Award winners Beowulf Boritt and Jess Goldstein. Jackie Hoffman and the rest of the cast will begin performances on September 20 at the Lyric Theatre. The production will officially open October 16.

    For more details, click here.

    8/1/2014 Comments (0)
  • Aug 1 2014

    Second City's Bob Curry Fellowship featured on ABC7's Heart and Soul Special

    ABC 7 featured Second City's Bob Curry Fellowship in its Heart and Soul segment, which aired on July 26. While The Second City has long had an Outreach and Diversity program, this year it launched the Bob Curry Fellowship, a free fellowship for diverse actors.The segment features the head of Second City's Outreach and Diversity program, Dionna Griffin-Irons, and gives an inside look at the program and the 16 actors within it. The Second City will offer the fellowship again in 2015.

    8/1/2014 Comments (0)
  • Jul 23 2014

    Mainstage Cast Announced for 103rd Revue

    The Second City Mainstage is proud to announce the cast for our 103rd Mainstage Revue.

    Returning ensemble members Chelsea Devantez, John Hartman, Emily Walker and
    Craig Taylor (Stage Manager) will be joined by Paul Jurewicz, Daniel Strauss, Christine Tawfik and Jacob Shuda (Musical Director). Jeff Award Winning director Ryan Bernier returns to direct his third resident company revue.

    7/23/2014 Comments (0)
  • Jul 22 2014

    The Second City Chicago Training Center to Double its Pipers Alley Footprint

    The Second City, Inc. announced today the signing of a lease with Old Town Development Associates, L.L.C., to expand into additional space at Pipers Alley (230 W. North Avenue) formerly occupied by the four-screen AMC movie theater. The new space will allow The Second City Training Center, the largest school of comedy in the world, to add an array of student-centered facilities including new classrooms, two student theaters, a screening room, a student resource center, a student lounge and bar, two large special events spaces and additional space for the companies’ growing businesses. The new lease adds 25,000 square feet to The Second City Training Center's current 20,300 square feet of space essentially doubling the school's current footprint. In total, The Second City will occupy nearly 75,000 square feet in Chicago's Old Town.

    Named one of “The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014” alongside Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School and Carnegie Mellon University by The Hollywood Reporter, The Second City continues to develop an entirely unique way of creating and performing comedy. Last month, The Second City Training Center announced the launch of its TV, Film and Digital Program, under the direction of Jack C. Newell.  New classrooms will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology including voiceover studios, on-camera training studios and editing suites to accommodate the Digital Program launch.

    "We are very excited to enhance our students' experience with the development of this new space,” says Andrew Alexander, CEO and Executive Producer of The Second City, Inc. “This will give the opportunity for more student performances in front of audiences, resources to enhance their education, places to work and collaborate, and program-specific materials and technology in classrooms. For our team, it's taking what's already a fantastic training institution and heightening it to the best experience possible for our students."

    The second-floor space at Pipers Alley first opened as a movie theater in 1991, and has been unoccupied since AMC went dark on May 26, 2011. The Training Center’s multi-million-dollar build-out begins immediately, with physical enhancements to include opening up the bricked-over 22-foot high window arches overlooking North Avenue and Wells Street.  The space is expected to be completed and serving students by spring of 2015.

    Long in the works, the expansion is in response to The Training Center’s desire to launch new and progressive programming while maintaining the high teacher to student ratio and enhancing the overall student experience. With the acquisition of the AMC space, the Second City Training Center can keep its educational programming under one roof – close to its history and next to its professional theaters. Students on a professional track can get even more stage time, and with the growth of the overall student body, additional theaters can accommodate end of term graduation performances. The new Student Resource Center will give students an actual on-site workspace.

    "For years we've been listening to student feedback and building this plan to fulfill their requests,” says Kerry Sheehan, President of the Second City Training Centers & Education Programs. “Not only will we be able to better accommodate our wait lists in core programs – such as improvisation and writing – but our newer initiatives into digital media and advanced classes for the professionally tracked student will have room to grow and thrive."

    The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theaters and training centers in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood, 11 full-time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisions as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called "A Comedy Empire" by The New York Times. The Second City Training Center has a current student body of 5,000 per week and is the largest school of comedy in the world.

    # # #

    More from the Chicago Tribune.

    7/22/2014 Comments (0)