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Plan Your Visit

The Second City is excited to have you join us.

We want you and your guests to have a great time at The Second City, which is why we’ve compiled this handy guide of cool places in Old Town. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to hit us up on Twitter or call our Box Office at 312-337-3992.

Location & Parking

The Location

The Second City theaters are located in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood at the corner of North Ave and Wells St. We are easily reached by public transportation, car, bicycle, or foot. You can get directions by entering your location here. The Second City is a short cab ride from downtown and is two blocks east of the Brown Line Sedgwick stop on the El. There are always plenty of cabs available outside the theater when the shows let out.

Driving Directions:

From 90/94, take the North Ave exit east a few miles to Wells St (200 Block) and make a left on Wells.

From Lake Shore Drive, take the North Ave/LaSalle exit. Follow LaSalle around until you hit North Ave. Make a right on North, then make a right on Wells.

Parking Locations

Piper’s Alley Self Park

230 W North Ave
(Between North Park Ave & Wells St)
Chicago, IL 60610
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1st hr: $11
1hr-2hr: $13
2hr-3hr: $18
3hr-4hr: $20
4hr-12hr: $24
12hr-24hr: $32

*Prices subject to change without notice

Bus/Motorcoach Parking:

View the Choose Chicago website for more information about Motorcoach parking in Chicago.


Your Home Away From Home

There are numerous hotels in the Chicago area with easy access to The Second City, downtown, and other cultural and historical locations. They range from the casual to the boutique. Below you’ll find a wide variety of hotels that cater to a variety of needs. If you have any questions please feel free to contact The Box Office at 312-337-3992.

Chicago Mainstage

Hotel Lincoln

1816 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
Distance 0.5 miles

Chicago Mainstage

Public Chicago

1360 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60610
Distance 1.2 miles

Chicago Mainstage

The James

55 E. Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Distance 1.7 Miles

Theater Menus

Our Drink (& Food) Menus

Below you will find the menus for each of our theaters. We offer a little something for every appetite as well as a wide selection of drinks including a good dose of local craft beers. There is no drink minimum at any of our theaters.

Interested in something to eat and drink before or after the show? Check out 1959 Kitchen & Bar, our new restaurant located on the 2nd floor.


1959 Kitchen & Bar

The Second City is pleased to offer our patrons the opportunity to enjoy authentic Chicago cuisine in our own restaurant, 1959 Kitchen & Bar.

Booking through the box office includes free reservations, ticket flexibility, lower service fees and one point of contact.

To take advantage of any dinner package, all reservations MUST be made through The Second City Box Office at 312.337.3992.

How big is your group?


How can I purchase tickets for a Second City show?

You can purchase tickets online at, over the phone at (312) 664-4032, or in person at our box office located at 1616 North Wells Street. Tickets can be purchased with all major credit cards and with cash in person.

Is there a service fee for buying tickets?

Tickets purchased online and over the phone incur a $5.25 per ticket fee. Tickets purchased in person incur a $0.25 per ticket fee.

Where will my seat be?

Tickets are purchased for a specific seating section. In our Mainstage and ETC theaters, tickets can be purchased for the Floor (closest to the stage), Platform (elevated towards the rear of the theatre), or the Rail Section (where our VIP’s sit). In our UP Comedy Club, tickets can be purchased for our Premium Rail Section or for General Admission.

When you arrive at the theatre, our House Manager will assign you a seat based on your time of arrival. All seating is based on the discretion of the House Manager.

I can’t make the show anymore! What can I do?

The Second City does not allow for any refunds. All sales are final. In rare cases, and based on availability, we may be able to move your ticket to a future show.

All of your shows are sold out! Are there any other options?

The Second City offers a Wait-List to our patrons when all of our shows are sold out. You may put your name on a wait-list beginning at 5pm for evening shows or 2pm for matinees, IN PERSON ONLY at one of our box offices. About five minutes before the show, our staff will let you know if we’re able to get you into the show.

I or a member of my party has physical access needs. Whom can I contact regarding seating?

Our Box Office Associates would be happy to assist you in accessible seating. Please call our Box Office at (312) 664-4032 to make arrangements.

I have a question not listed on this page. Whom can I talk to?

You may call a Box Office Associate at (312) 664-4032 during regular business hours.