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Second City’s 24 Hour 2016: You Can Always Come Home

Onward House is still accepting donations via their PayPal link below–or like 24 Hour’s Facebook page to find out about our Amazon Wishlists for these deserving families.

Thank you for your continued help.

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Second City’s non-stop annual tradition of 24 Hour Improv & Music is back for its 15th year of no sleep and no excuses.

Join us in The Second City e.t.c. Theater

Monday, November 21 to Tuesday, November 22 2016

$20 (cash only) gets you in the door!

This year, we’re starting an hour earlier! 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. DOORS OPEN AT 4:00 PM on the 21st

Wear your pajamas. Bring a friend or twelve. Settle in to have your socks rocked off by the best in the biz for 24 hours solid.


TJ Jagodowski, Jack McBrayer, Kevin Dorff, Steve Albini, Susan Messing, Tim Mason, Emily Candini, Ryan Archibald, Scott Goldstein, Dana Quercioli, Brett Lyons, Beth Melewski, Brendan Jennings, Shantira Jackson, Martin Morrow, Andrew Knox, Scott Nelson, Ryan Asher, Emily Fightmaster, Brad Morris, Mark Campbell, Allison Gates, Adrienne Brown, Andel Sudik, Carley Moseley, Laurel Kracbacher, Jeff Murdoch, Pat Ivansek, Saurabh Pande, Eve Kruger, Jo Scott, Ross Taylor, Punam Patel, Cecily Strong, Chris Redd, Edgar Blackmon, Katie Rich, Eileen Montelione, Rashida Olayiwola, Peter Kim, Anthony LeBlanc, Alan Linic, Patrick Rowland, Mary Catherine Curran, Molly Cavanaugh, Adam Archer, Terrence Carey, Ed Furman and more…


4:00 pm Doors Open

5:00 pm Show Starts

6:00 pm Cielito Lindo Family Folk Music

6:30 pm Kevin Dorff joins the cast

7:20 pm Steve Albini storytime

7:30 pm Special surprise video message

7:45 pm ‘Chicago > Everything’ with Cecily Strong, Chris Redd, Edgar Blackmon, Tim Mason, Katie Rich, Eileen Montelione & Rashida Olayiwola

9:00 pm Steve Albini storytime

9:05 pm Jeff Tweedy, including his legendary Living Room Show auction! Bid on a private concert for 30 people in your home. You pick the songs.

10:00 pm Jack McBrayer and Punam Patel join the cast

11:30 pm Steve Albini storytime

11:35 pm The Mountain Goats

2:00 am Steve Albini storytime

2:05 am Salt Queens w/ Cecily Strong & Rashida Olayiwola (Get your cash ready–they’ll be recording custom videos)

4:00 am Friends of the Bog

5:00 am Brad Morris’s head joins the cast live from London

6:00 am Grey Gersten

7:00 am Babyprov!

7:00 am Susan Messing & Lisa Beasley join the cast

7:30 am Sofia Mia

9:00 am Bobby, Holly & The Ricketts

11:00 am Mariachi Los Palmeros de Chicago

Noon: Jack McBrayer & Molly Cavanaugh join the cast

1:00 pm Nina Gordon

2:00 pm The Mainstage cast, Punam Patel and Ed Furman join the cast

3:00 pm Russian violinist & composer Ljova with Chicago Symphony Orchestra percussionist Vadim Karpinos

5:00 pm The End!



Our online Charitybuzz auction! Bid on a PRIVATE CONCERT IN YOUR OWN HOME by Wilco’s Grammy-winning frontman Jeff Tweedy30 songs of YOUR, played for 29 of YOUR invited guests. Other items up for grabs include 3 sets of SNL tickets donated by Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant and Katie Rich; dinner for 4 prepared by Steve Albini, coffee with Second City casting exec Beth Kligerman and a whole lot more!  The auction will be live Monday, November 21st at 4:00 pm CST to Wednesday, December 7th.

Help us raise cash for Chicago families who need it most from Onward Neighborhood HouseLast year, you helped us raise so much dough that they were  able to open a new adult education center, which offers free ESL, GED, job readiness and citizenship classes. Thank you. Let’s do it again.

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Total Donations: $8,114.03

The Fine Print: Event Tickets are available solely at the door. We accept cash only for event and raffle tickets. You can purchase a maximum of two (2) tickets per person when doors open. Doors open at 4pm. Show starts at 5pm. Your ticket will allow you access to a seat in the theater as long as seats are available. You may come and go as you please throughout the event (as long as seats are available). Tickets will be available for sale throughout the event (as long as seats are available).

Although this 24 hour improv event will run 24 hours long, Second City will adhere to all liquor and curfew laws.