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General Information

Thank you for choosing to study with The Second City Training Center in Chicago. We hope your experience with us will be informative and fun. Here are a couple of options for registering for a class:

Register Online – You can see all scheduled class times and if space is available through our website. Once enrolled you will receive confirmation via e-mail.

Come in person or call – Our phone number is 312-664-3959. We’re open Monday through Thursday 10am to 10pm, Friday 10am to 7pm, and 11am to 7pm on weekends.

Payment must be made at the time of enrollment in order to secure your spot in class. Payment plans are available. New Students, there is a one-time new student fee of $15 which will automatically be added to your tuition

Training Center Programs

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Drawing upon the groundbreaking work of The Second City and the many legendary performers who have played on its stages, we have become the largest…

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Any Youth or Teen student can take a class with The Second City! We welcome all experience levels. Kids Comedy Classes are led by performers/instructors…

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The Second City offers a variety of special workshops from educational to in-class to question-and-answer panels with special visiting artists. Each year we bring our…

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Additional Info

Important Dates 2016

Adult Program Dates

  • Term 1

    Jan 03

    Feb 27

  • Term 2

    Feb 28

    Apr 24

  • Term 3

    Apr 25

    Jun 19

  • Term 4

    Jun 20

    Aug 15

  • Term 5

    Aug 22

    Oct 17

  • Term 6

    Oct 18

    Dec 16

Youth & Teen Program Dates

  • Winter

    Jan 09

    Apr 17

  • Spring

    Apr 30

    Jun 12

  • Fall (1)

    Sep 07

    Oct 24

  • Fall (2)

    Oct 25

    Dec 19

Holiday Closures

  • Easter

    Mar 27

  • Memorial Day

    May 30

  • Independence Day

    Jul 04

  • Labor Day

    Sep 05

  • Thanksgiving

    Nov 24

    Nov 25

  • Christmas

    Dec 25

Being A Student

Being a Student

Take advantage of these unique offerings available only to students of The Second City Training Center. All you need is your student card given to you on the first day of class! To receive a discount you must show your Training Center ID card.

If your business would like to engage with our students by providing discounts or special offers, contact Dana Angelo.

All Training Center policies and procedures are available in our Adult Student Handbook and our Youth & Teen Student Handbook.

Second City ticket deals – Training Center students can get FREE tickets for Second City Mainstage or e.t.c. shows for Sunday-Thursday performances if the show is not sold out. Monday tickets can only be picked up 10 minutes before show time; all others can be reserved in person within one hour of show time.

Students can get FREE walk-up tickets for Severn Darden Graduate Program shows. Come see our talented grads every Saturday night at 7:30, 9:00, and 10:30 in the de Maat Studio Theatre.

Students also receive discounted admission to shows in Donny’s Skybox, de Maat Studio Theater, Beat Lounge, and Blackout Cabaret. Free tickets are available for all class performances, including the Conservatory Level 6 shows on Mondays at 8pm in the e.t.c. Theater.

All shows subject to availability. Visit or call the Second City Box Office at 312-337-3992.

Up Comedy Club

UP Comedy Club often has special offers for our students. Reserve tickets by calling the UP Box Office at 312-662-4562. Limit 2 per show, subject to availability. Students will be asked to present their Student IDs when picking up their tickets at the Box Office. Reservations are recommended.

Additional Perks

XSPORT Fitness

XSPORT Fitness

  • $35 monthly fees + $40 initial card fee
  • 25% off all Spa Packages
The Book Cellar

The Book Cellar

  • 20% off any book purchase
Delightful Pastries

Delightful Pastries

  • Free coffee with pastry purchase
Kingston Mines

Kingston Mines

  • Free admission Sunday through Thursday
The Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre

  • $1 off general admission tickets
Nookies Restaurant

Nookies Restaurant

  • 10% off entire bill
  • Good at Old Town Location Only. 1746 N Wells
Old Town Pour House

Old Town Pour House

  • 10% off your bill (1 table/1 visit)


  • 10% discount available at lunch or dinner w/ current student ID. Open until 11 weekdays, midnight on Friday & Saturday. Not valid with any other discounts.


  • Students join for $25/year (over 50% off)
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Direction Photoworks

Direction Photoworks

  • Direction Photoworks is a full service print boutique for Talent Industry Professionals. Now offering digital headshot prints 25 for $25
Old Town Social

Old Town Social

  • Join Old Town Social every Tuesday for Industry Night! Training Center students receive 50% off food and drinks. DJ Adam will be playing the best and weirdest videos of the 80's, 90's, and 00's!