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Second City Chicago Training Center

Chicago Training Center




Because life doesn’t come with a script!

Chicago is the world capital of improvisation (improv) and sketch comedy, and The Second City is in the heart of it. For over fifty years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. The Training Center follows the traditions developed by these groundbreaking and innovative men and women while encouraging the continued growth and development of the art forms of comedy and improvisation. Today, The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.

We offer a variety of classes in the performance arts for students at any level of experience. Whether a seasoned performer or someone who's never been onstage, you are encouraged to take classes with us. Our students come from a diverse array of backgrounds, each with a unique accomplishment they wish to achieve with our courses. Whatever your reasons for taking classes with us, we are here to support you and help you grow your skills. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices with any questions or concerns you might have.

Download a printable version of the Training Center Course Catalog (PDF)


Now registering for Summer programs!

Adult Immersions
Join us for a week or more to
study improv and comedy writing.
Specialty Immersions also available!
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Summer Camps
Our two-week camps for ages 11-18!
Future comedy legends study improv and sketch comedy where it all started!
Click here for info

If you're looking for corporate training, visit our business services division, Second City Communications.

Current Course Catalog Now Online!

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