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Improv Just Might Be the Ultimate Screen Time Antidote

Improv Just Might Be the Ultimate Screen Time Antidote

All parents are seeking ways to make the most of their kids’ offline, device-free time.

By The Second City Training Center | Jul 30, 2019

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Utopian Tailgate is NOW OPEN on The Second City Rooftop

Utopian Tailgate is NOW OPEN on The Second City Rooftop

Now accepting reservations!

We Agree 100% with the Chicago Tribune’s List of 28 Books ‘You Need to Read Now’

We Agree 100% with the Chicago Tribune’s List of 28 Books ‘You Need to Read Now’

‘The Second City: The Essentially Accurate History’ is an essential new read.

What Is The Second City?

The Second City opened its doors as a small cabaret theater nearly 60 years ago and has since become the world’s premier name in improv-based sketch comedy and education.

We have more than a handful of successful Second City alumni that we aren’t too modest to mention, like Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Steve Carell, John Candy, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Tim Meadows, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers, Martin Short, and Fred Willard. With a variety of theaters, Second City Training Centers, and Theatrical and Touring Company ensembles, The Second City can be found all over the world. We’ve also taken improv off the stage, expanding our business to include collaborations with corporate clients and television and film productions.

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1959 Kitchen & Bar - The Second City

1959 Kitchen & Bar

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Pre-Order the New Second City Book! - The Second City

Pre-Order the New Second City Book!

The Second City: The Essentially Accurate History is out 12/17.

Second City Merch Now Availiable! - The Second City

Second City Merch Now Availiable!

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