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NOTICE: Due to a fire in the Piper’s Alley facility, alternate arrangements are being made for classes so please check your email for info. Unfortunately most Monday and Tuesday classes on August 31-September 1 have been canceled, but a few will meet; students will be emailed directly if their class is meeting. Updates on classes later in the week will be sent as soon as possible.
For a short time, we kindly ask that students do not call the Training Center but instead email us at chicagotrainingcenter@secondcity.com and to use online registration. Please also follow our social media on Facebook and Twitter for updates as they become available.

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. Classes are led by performers/instructors who are…

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The Second City offers workshops for students and educators, school residencies, and performances for young audiences in grades 6 through 12. The company works with…

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Being a Student

NOTICE: Due to a fire in the Piper’s Alley facility, alternate arrangements are being made for classes so please check your email for info. Unfortunately most Monday and Tuesday classes on August 31-September 1 have been canceled, but a few will meet; students will be emailed directly if their class is meeting. Updates on classes later in the week will be sent as soon as possible.

For a short time, we kindly ask that students do not call the Training Center but instead email us at chicagotrainingcenter@secondcity.com and to use online registration. Please also follow our social media on Facebook and Twitter for updates as they become available.

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 Hayley Stevens.

All Training Center policies and procedures are available in our Student Handbook.

Student Headshot Days – Student headshot days with photographer Sally Blood return September 10-11. Each one-hour session includes a 45-minute photo shoot, touch-up makeup and an online folio of all your edited shots. The cost is $200, a special deal for Training Center students. Reservations can be made by contacting the Training Center office at 312-664-3959.

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 HouseCo shows on Saturday nights in the de Maat Studio Theatre. Come see Next at 7:30pm (testing sketch material as they go through the process of writing an original revue), Twisty at 9pm (all improv), and Moxie at 10:30pm (long form in a different style each week).

Students also receive half-price admission to shows in Donny’s Skybox and the de Maat Studio Theater. 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

  • $35 Monthly fees and waived initiation fees
  • 25% off all Spa Packages

The Book Cellar

  • 20% off any book purchase

Delightful Pastries

  • Free coffee with pastry purchase

Kingston Mines

  • Free admission Sunday through Thursday

The Music Box Theatre

  • $1 off general admission tickets

Nookies Restaurant

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

Old Town Pour House

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

Zipcar

  • Students join for $25/year (over 50% off)
  • Visit zipcar.com/sctc-students for more info

Direction Photoworks

  • Direction Photoworks is a full service print boutique for Talent Industry Professionals. Now offering digital headshot prints 25 for $25
  • www.directionphotoworks.com

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